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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

  • Jersey Diary (or is that ‘Dai...

    A guest blog by Karin Taylor, Head of Planning at the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland
    Jersey Dairy
    Well here I am ensconced at The Elms, the HQ of the National Trust for Jersey.  There was indeed a dairy-related […]

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  • Grange or henge? (Weekly blog, 9 Ju...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Grange grandeur
    I had the pleasure of spending much of this week in the company of a very dear friend and colleague, David J Brown.   David was in the UK with his wife Candice, and kindly […]

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  • International National Trusts: Secr...

    Latest news from the INTO Secretariat
    It was wonderful to see so many INTO members and friends (new and old) at our Conference in Bermuda in March.  We are deeply grateful to everyone who made it the success we all found […]

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  • The idea of European unity (Weekly ...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    National Identity and the idea of European unity
    Last week, we invited experts to discuss local loyalties in relation to the cosmopolitan ideal of world citizenship. Irena Edwards, Chairman of the Czech National Trust, Joep de […]

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  • European co-operation continues in ...

    European heritage collaboration for inspiration and to improve heritage policies
    Last week, a group of policy makers and heritage experts from Romania, the Netherlands, Belgium and Spain came to the UK to gather inspiration in how to better support historic castles, […]

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  • Hay Festival and Cultural Diversity...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Our event at the Hay Festival is in two weeks’ time!    On Thursday 30 May, our colleagues and collaborators from across Europe will join INTO Trustee, Justin Albert on stage.  The subject under discussion is: […]

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  • Getting into Innocastle (Weekly Blo...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    This week has definitely been focussed on Innocastle.    It was another short week, due to a Bank Holiday Monday.  (And another weekend in the garden!  I love May … ) Slightly concerned that people […]

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  • Ask-INTO: INTO Secretary-General an...

    In 2016, the INTO Secretariat was approached for support in setting up a National Trust in Georgia. INTO supported the Georgians in this establishment, with Secretary-General Catherine Leonard mentoring the team closely through the first steps in establishing a new […]

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    ASK-INTO Expertise sharing between ...

    Pigeon Island © Lee Coursey,
    In 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) discovered that a dolphinarium was being proposed by the government within the Pigeon Island National Landmark, a sensitive historic site managed by the Trust.
    Members and staff of the SLNT mounted a national campaign […]

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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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