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INTO is a family of National Trusts

Families share values and look after each other; everyone matters – small and large – and our job is to help them all to do their very best work

Growing global capacity for conservation

The more people that share the values of heritage – of identity, memory, diversity, humanity – the more chance there is that protecting our heritage will become integral to our global society’s future

A voice for heritage

Our members have urged INTO to speak out more loudly and more often on behalf of the National Trust movement


We are delighted to be a part of this ambitious new Interreg Europe project dedicated to castles, manors and estates

Trust Kids!

Welcome to the Trust Kids! challenge - 25 things to do to explore, celebrate, preserve and share your cultural heritage

2019 INTO Conference in Bermuda

The National Trusts of the world gather every two years to exchange information and discuss important issues. In 2019 the 18th ICNT was held in Bermuda from 26-31 March.

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2019 Conference was in Bermuda

The 18th International Conference of National Trusts was hosted by the National Trust of Bermuda.

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INTO Programmes and Campaigns

INTO serves as an indispensable resource among National Trust and like-minded organisations, bringing people together to share information, best practices and inspiration. We offer an invaluable bank of knowledge and experience to strengthen existing National Trusts and similar bodies towards the achievement of their objectives, and to empower communities seeking to develop new Trust-like organisations.

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News from our Member Trusts

The INTO membership includes established organisations which have been practising heritage conservation for many years as well as new and developing Trusts. No one has all the answers and there is as much for the mature bodies to learn as the fledgling ones. Here a National Trust apprentice joiner from the UK shares experience on an INTO Working Holiday in Tongli, China.

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Our Amicus Programme

The INTO Amicus Programme brings together a very special group of individuals who care deeply about the important international work that INTO performs. Amicus members contribute financially in support of INTO and share in being a direct part of this special group.

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Our Latest Posts

  • French-spiration (Weekly blog, 11 A...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    French wrench
    This weekend, we came back to England from our lovely French holiday.  What a wrench!  I’ve had a blissful 2 1/2 weeks away.  And as foreshadowed in my earlier blog, I’ve barely given INTO […]

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    Playful public engagement: knowledg...

    In April, INTO’s small grants programme supported Anita Stevens and Ruth Lewis to travel from the UK to Austrlia, in order to foster collaboration between their respective National Trusts.
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    Ruth is a Visitor Experience Consultant, whilst Anita is a […]

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  • Cold turkey? (Weekly blog, 21 July ...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Cold comfort
    Last week was a bit of a mixed bag.   I was suffering from a cold, which is unlike me.  Because I usually take liberal quantities of Maureen Liebl’s special magical Pepper-Up Potion (Samahan).  But […]

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  • Antwerp anticipation (Weekly blog, ...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    On Friday I spent the day in Antwerp.  INTO members, Herita, will be hosting our next conference in the city from 19-23 April 2021.  And this was a kick-off meeting to visit the venue and […]

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  • PastForward Preservation Conference...

    Register today for the premier educational and networking event for those who are passionate about saving places, PastForward 2019, October 10-12 in Denver. PastForward creates an unmatched opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired. Combining both the practical and the aspirational, […]

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  • German memories (Weekly blog, 7 Jul...

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    Castles in the air?
    On Monday, I met some German MPs who are thinking of setting up a National Trust.   I’ve always loved meeting people and talking to them about […]

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  • Sonsbeek Symposium (Weekly blog, 30...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, INTO Secretary-General
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    On the second day in Gelderland, we joined a symposium with a number of other stakeholders.  (More about our incredible first day in Gelderland this blog.)  It took place at Villa Sonsbeek, […]

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  • INTO Castles? (Innocastle study vis...

    This week, 25-28 June 2019, we are in Gelderland on a study visit for the Innocastle project.   The programme involves visiting a number of country houses, a symposium with stakeholders from the province and various partner meetings.  The full programme […]

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  • Precious Prague (Weekly blog, 23 Ju...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Precious Prague
    Prague was my destination this week.  And what a precious place it is!  Even more so as the location of the ‘Our heritage: Forever for everyone‘ conference marking the fifth anniversary of the Czech […]

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The overarching mission of INTO is to promote the conservation and enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage of all nations for the benefit of the people of the world

INTO is an international network of National Trusts and similar non-governmental organisations, globally diverse but united in a shared commitment to work through cooperation, coordination and comradeship. INTO works to develop and promote best conservation practices, increase the capacity of individual organisations, establish Trusts where they do not presently exist, and advocate in the interests of heritage conservation.

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