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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

  • 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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  • Oliver Maurice’s INTO legacy (Wee...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    Back in France
    Earlier this week, Alex and I went to France to spend time doing a handover with Oliver.  Oliver, who many of you know, has been with us here at INTO since the very […]

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  • Garden gladness (Weekly Blog, 21 Ap...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    What a weekend!  It has been gloriously sunny for the whole, long Easter weekend.  And I have been reconnecting with my garden.
    Glorious garden
    When I came back to live in my childhood home eight years ago, […]

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  • We stand in solidarity with all tho...

    On Monday 15 April 2019, people around the world watched their screens in horror as fire took hold of the iconic 12th century cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
    We will all need time and space to comprehend what has happened and […]

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  • Liberty in New York (Weekly Blog, 1...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    A quick one this week as I’ve been away on leave over the children’s Easter holidays. We took a rather last minute decision to go to New York City.   And it was wonderful.   To summarise […]

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  • Conference learning/takeaways (Week...

    A blog by Catherine Leonard, Secretary-General
    There was so much to absorb from the Bermuda Conference, it’s hard to distil into a single blog.  I know there’s only a short window of time for immediate reflections however, so here goes.  Here […]

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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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