Our curatorial and publishing teams have been collaborating on a bibliography listing all the books and articles about the properties of the National Trust. This bibliography has just been made available online.
It currently contains over 4,000 entries – the earliest one is a record of a visit by Queen Elizabeth I to Melford Hall in Suffolk in 1578.
The property with the most entries is Stowe in Buckinghamshire. This very grand garden full of pavilions and monuments has inspired texts and interpretations almost from its inception.
Even in the mid eighteenth century it had its own guidebook explaining the monuments to visitors.
It also had a ‘visitor centre’, the New Inn, specially built to cope with the growing number of visitors. This is currently being restored so that it can once again function as the start to the visitor route to the gardens (and if you should feel like donating to the New Inn Appeal you can do so here).
We hope that the new bibliography will help to unlock the available knowledge about places like Stowe.
We aim to update the bibliography every six months, so do let me know if you know of a new – or old – publication about a National Trust property that is not listed yet.