The National Trust looks after places of historic interest and natural beauty in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. My role is to co-ordinate the acquisition of works of art and other objects with connections to the historic houses and gardens of the National Trust. I also do research into the Trust’s Asian and Asian-inspired collections.

This blog began as a general celebration of the beauty of the National Trust’s places and collections. As our collections are increasingly being featured on the National Trust’s main web pages, I am now using this blog more to feature Asian and Asian-inspired objects and their stories.

Please do comment on the individual posts, or contact me via email at emile.debruijn@nationaltrust.org.uk, or on Twitter @nttreasurehunt. I don’t feature sponsored posts.

Emile de Bruijn

38 Responses to “About”

  1. Kate Warren Says:


    This is a wonderful idea, and a delight to read. I shall enjoy checking in with it regularly.

    Does the blog have an RSS feed? Would be helpful.

    And I’m tweeting about you in the hopes of sending some traffic your way.

    All the best,


  2. Marianne Says:

    Brilliant idea! Keep up the good work.


  3. sammy & glenn Says:

    hi emile,

    thankyou so much for your lovely comment on our blog, that’s very kind. And glad you found us, as now we have discovered your lovely blog too – we shall be reading with interest.

    sammy & glenn

  4. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Sammy & Glenn – I hope you don’t mind the epithet ‘post-industrial wabi’ 🙂

  5. Barbara Says:

    Very excited to find this new blog. Just seems to fit my interests to a T. Thank you for letting us inside…

  6. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Barbara – yes you even seem to have the same ratio of images to text as my blog 🙂 although you have many more attractive pictures. I like the architectural elements in Alexandria, Virginia – God is in the detail, isn’t he?

  7. Susan Holloway Scott Says:

    Just found this blog quite by accident, and wow, it’s wonderful! So much to study and inspire. I’ve added “Treasure Hunt” to my own blog-roll, and hope it helps you pick up more American readers from the other side of the pond. Thank you for sharing so many beautiful images…

    Susan Holloway Scott

  8. imogen88 Says:

    Great to learn what you are collecting and blogging about via Julie from AustenOnly. Enjoying it a great deal.

  9. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Glad you like it. Julie is a great aggregator.

  10. visitinghousesandgardens Says:

    Your blog is a total treat and as I travel around visiting houses (about which I’ve started to blog too once the number hit 100 and my memories started to get muddled – http://visitinghousesandgardens.wordpress.com) I constantly come back to you for lots of insight. Really wonderful. Can’t thank you enough for the blog. 🙂

  11. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thank you – I like your blog too – lots of useful information about actually visiting places and your impressions of them.

  12. visitinghousesandgardens Says:

    Hello Emile. I was wondering if you might cover something from Wandsworth Road? Their own blog has been silent for months. Thank you very much.

  13. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks for your interest. I will enquire with them if I might feature some images and news about how their project is progressing.

  14. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    The colleagues at 575 Wandsworth Road have just told me that they will be sending me something to feature very soon, so please watch this space!

  15. Andrew Says:

    I saw it in this year’s guidebook, but had not realised that it only opened for public tours a couple of weeks ago! http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/activityandadventure/9909314/National-Trust-homes-Londons-small-historic-houses.html

    Lots of images here – http://interiorarchive.photoshelter.com/gallery/Khadambi-Asalache-London/G0000CjJZT97zjtw/C0000vHAnQY37oUY – and here -http://patrickbaty.co.uk/2011/07/19/575_wandsworth_road/


  16. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Andrew.

  17. alicelucie Says:

    I’m so excited to have stumbled upon your blog and am looking forward to taking a look around 🙂

  18. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Let me know what you think 🙂

  19. Elizabeth Bethune Says:

    Hello just found your great blog and as a member of the National Trust for over 30 years, still love finding out new information that brings the past to life.

    I love the detail you describe so have tweeted you too.Once again thank you for sharing the fabulous work of the National Trust.

    Elizabeth 🙂

  20. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks very much for your kind comment Elizabeth – it is comments from readers (and members) like you that spur me on 🙂 I like your recent blog post about Chinese embroidery, too.

  21. Elizabeth Bethune Says:

    Hello Emile

    You are most welcome. Thank you about my blog. I loved the Chinese embroidery exhibition, although taking pictures through glass is an art I haven’t quite grasped… yet!

    The detail and craftsmanship on the textiles is amazing well worth a visit to Leeds.

    Have a good day


  22. liromad Says:

    I have just come across the info in this blog in a hunt to find a picture of the leather wallpaper at Kingston Lacy that I could include in my learning log for my Open College of the Arts textiles course – and I was successful. I have included the link to the blog in my log so thank you for having this information so well collated and easy to find!

  23. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Wonderful to see how you are mixing natural and man-made textures in your blog.

  24. Brynn Says:

    The lost bull has just appeared on itv’s secret dealers. Perhaps it can be brought and returned to the herd.

  25. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Brynn, thanks for the tip-off, I will investigate.

  26. seriousaboutinteriors Says:

    Hi! Love love love this site! Have always loved your work, admire what you do.

    Lowri @ http://www.chair.furniture

  27. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thank you!

  28. Erika Says:

    Hello! I’ve just stumbled upon this treasure trove— how wonderful! Given the very long list of posts to catch up with, it will require heroic effort to stay focused on my bindery work and not lost in this beautiful archive. Thank you…I think!
    Warm regards from a new follower in Michigan,

  29. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Thanks Erika – yes don’t get too distracted in the run-up to Christmas, perhaps save it for the holiday 🙂

  30. Jennifer Harry Says:

    I do enjoy visiting national trust properties with my family, I actually feature them on my own blog http://interioru.com , well the places that I visit anyway, but here I will be able to learn so much more about the houses, its really fascinating!

  31. Emile de Bruijn Says:

    Jennifer, I am very glad you like this blog and – even better – that you enjoy visiting National Trust properties.

  32. Steven Says:

    Hi Emile, love your blog! Any info on the acceptance in lieu items at Plas Newydd yet? Hope you can follow up soon. Many thanks, Steven

    • Emile de Bruijn Says:

      Sorry for the delay. As it happens I am updating the relevant records on our collections database at the moment. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

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