Discussion

Beyond the Ropes: A Closer Look at National Trust Collections

The National Trust looks after some 200 individual collections, with more than a million objects in its care. Together, they include nearly 14,000 paintings – the single largest collection in the UK.

What can these outstanding collections tell us about the families who built them, and what historical and artistic narratives might they yet reveal? How have they been passed to the Trust, and how do they continue to grow? And are they beginning to benefit from the expansion of government incentives for philanthropy?

Our panel of experts provided a lively evening of discussion and debate about the National Trust collections, their formation and future. A drinks reception followed the talk.

As well as those pictured below, the speakers included:

  • Mark Purcell, Libraries Curator, National Trust
  • David Taylor, Curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust

Speakers

Thomas Marks

Thomas Marks

Chair

Editor, Apollo magazine

Nicholas Goodison

Nicholas Goodison

Author, the Goodison Review on 'Securing the best for our Museums. Private Giving and Government Support', arts administrator and former chairman of the London Stock Exchange

David Adshead

David Adshead

Head Curator, the National Trust

Christopher Rowell

Christopher Rowell

Furniture Curator, National Trust and Chairman, Furniture History Society

Venue

Chelsea Old Town Hall, SW3 5EE