What exactly is the National Trust? And why should we be interested in it? The National Trust for places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, usually just called the National Trust, owns more than 200 historic houses and gardens as well as many historic buildings of all kinds and industrial heritage sites all over Britain. It is one of the most important independent institutions in Britain and has unique powers granted by Parliament.
National Trust properties bring Britain's history to life. This is probably makes thousands of volunteers every year spend their holidays and free time working for the Trust. The Trust has more members than all political parties put together and the number grows every year. An army of volunteers and employees look after more than 350 historic houses and castles, dozens of churches and over 50 pubs.
Houses associated with famous people such as Sir Winston Churchill, William Wordsworth, Bernard Shaw, Beatrix Potter through to the Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney are looked after by the Trust as are large parts of the most important national parks and more than 1000 km of the most spectacular parts of the coast. This all offers a look into the rich and varied history of Great Britain.
In this Powerpoint® presentation in easy English we will look at a number of the Trust's properties including many famous stately homes and gardens and also at the institution itself, its beginnings in the Lake District more than 120 years ago and at similar institutions since founded in other countries.