The roots of the National Trust


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History Today
Vol. 45, no. 1 (January 1995), p. 3-9


In conjunction with the centenary of the National Trust, History Today is offering in this special issue a panorama of social history as seen through the properties and sites of Britain's largest membership organisation. In this introductory article, Jennifer Jenkins, a former chairman of the Trust, looks at how its founders drew inspiration from the Victorian aesthetic values of men like John Ruskin and William Morris