Hidden Treasures of the National Trust


Following on from Secrets Of The Museum, which explored the V&A’s archives and exhibitions, BBC Arts has commissioned a new series exploring another of Britain’s cultural institutions, the National Trust.

Reflecting the national scale and importance of the National Trust’s many properties and the engaging, committed staff and volunteers who care for them,  the series uncovers the hidden stories of a myriad of wonderful buildings and objects.
Stories range from the restorationof an ornate nineteenth-century Chinese bridge at Biddulph Grange Garden nearStoke-on-Trent, to discovering how the Trust has brought Paul McCartney’s childhood home back to life using stone-pattern wallpaper; seeing how the experts clean a model of a Normandy harbour used by Winston Churchill in the planning of D-Day and the renovation of Vita Sackville-West’s writing room at Sissinghurst Castle. The series also showcases stories of the gardens and landscapes within which these properties sit.


Hidden Treasures of the National Trust follows the experts and conservators at work across Britain, as they breathe new life into fragile marvels, uncover hidden      stories, and battle to keep the past alive. The series introduces audiences to some of the entertaining volunteers and staff who care for the properties and these objects, revealing their passion, dedication and affection for the treasure houses they help to maintain.
Based in a different region of the UK for each episode, the series looks behind the scenes at the extraordinary work that is being done to conserve these properties and their contents for future generations.

Pictures, Paper Conservator Louise Drover inspecting a section of wallpaper she has successfully removed image credit James Ross.
Emma McCullough, Niamh Hanlon cleaning a chandelier at Castle Ward, Northern Ireland, in the Aston. Image credit Angus Gibson .


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