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10 years of INTO

On 3 December 2017, INTO celebrates its tenth birthday.  Use this timeline to explore the key events of INTO’s first decade!

Over the past ten years, membership has grown from 22 in 2008 to 76 in 2017.  New Trusts have been established with INTO’s help in the Czech Republic, Georgia and Portugal.    INTO has advertised 120 working holidays on behalf of its member organisations.   Five ICNTs have been held in four continents involving over 700 delegates from more than 70 countries.

You can read an article summarising INTO’s achievements here.  Join us in celebrating!  #10yearsofINTO

And as INTO enters it second decade, you can find out more about our plans for the future here.

Foundation of INTO

December 3, 2007

Foundation of INTO

INTO was formally established on 3 December 2007 at the 12th International Conference of National Trusts held in New Delhi. On the occasion, Fiona Reynolds,…

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INTO operations start

January 1, 2008

The INTO Secretariat was established in London and began developing services and programmes for its members for the benefit of people of all nations of the…

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From Ottawa to Canada House, London

March 3, 2008

From Ottawa to Canada House, London

INTO got off to a quick start and was invited to participate in discussions with the Ottawa government about the establishment of a National Trust…

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Asian National Trusts meet in Seoul

May 23, 2008

Asian National Trusts meet in Seoul

Hosted by the National Trust of Korea, the main purpose of the partnership gathering was to ‘lay a foundation for a lasting relationship among those…

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UK/France footpaths exchange

October 1, 2008

UK/France footpaths exchange

INTO Director of Membership, Oliver Maurice arranged for French environmental officers to visit his old stamping ground in the Lake District.   The French team…

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Brainstorming in Bratislava

November 7, 2008

Brainstorming in Bratislava

Following the Canada House event in London, we then headed for Slovakia for the first face-to-face meeting of the INTO Board as the guests of the…

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2008 Annual Report

December 31, 2008

The 2008 INTO Annual Report listed 22 subscribing members and introduced the INTO team and our early priorities: “The INTO Executive Committee consists of 12 members…

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Caribbean collaborations

June 5, 2009

Caribbean collaborations

In June, Oliver Maurice joined the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum’s biennial Conference, Making the Right Connections, on Grand Cayman. A number of National Trusts…

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Heritage cities training in Indonesia

June 26, 2009

Heritage cities training in Indonesia

The Indonesian Heritage Trust (BPPI/Badan Pelestarian Pusaka Indonesia) in cooperation with INTO held Executive Training on Heritage Cities Master Plan on serial of cities in…

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2009 ICNT in Dublin

September 13, 2009

2009 ICNT in Dublin

The INTO Congress (AGM) and 13th International Conference of National Trusts was held in Ireland from 13th – 17th September 2009, hosted by An Taisce…

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Sharing ideas with colleagues in China

November 9, 2009

Sharing ideas with colleagues in China

In November 2009 our Chairman, Simon Molesworth, attended a conference in Guangyang, China, devastated by an earthquake in 2008. The Ruan Yisan Heritage Foundation is seeking…

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Advocating NT approach at COP15 in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009

Advocating NT approach at COP15 in Copenhagen

At the biennial INTO Conference, the 13th International Conference of National Trusts, in Dublin in September 2009, delegates addressed the theme ‘Conservation in a Changing Climate’….

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2009 Annual Report

December 31, 2009

Although the National Trusts have been coming together for many years, 2009 was only our second full year of operation as the International National Trusts…

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HRH Prince of Wales visit to Central Europe

March 23, 2010

HRH Prince of Wales visit to Central Europe

New regional opportunities were developed as the outcome of a special invitation by HRH The Prince of Wales for INTO to participate in the State…

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From Cayman to Canada

April 1, 2010

From Cayman to Canada

The opportunity for staff and volunteers to spend time with another trust learning and sharing is an important benefit to being part of the INTO…

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Campaigning for wetlands in Taiwan

April 9, 2010

Campaigning for wetlands in Taiwan

In April 2010, Oliver Maurice was invited to support the Taiwan Environmental Information Association (TEIA) in their endeavours to begin the process of founding a truly…

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Growth of INTO Secretariat

June 23, 2010

Earlier this year we recruited two interns to assist the Secretariat.   Rosie Fforde helped increase the amount of material on our website, developed processes for…

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Heritage conservation in China

October 26, 2010

Heritage conservation in China

This year we worked with the British Council and the Meridian Society to develop a touring exhibition called ‘Urban Heritage Conservation in China’ about the…

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Advising Trusts in Africa

November 15, 2010

Advising Trusts in Africa

In November 2010, Oliver Maurice spent some time with INTO members in Africa, each at different stages of Trust formation, ranging from the 50 year…

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2010 Annual Report: 50 Members!

December 31, 2010

In 2010, INTO grew and extended its reach. It was an exciting year with some significant fundraising successes that enabled us to move forward with…

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Capacity building in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

June 22, 2011

Capacity building in Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland

As an outcome of INTO’s participation in the visit of HRH The Prince of Wales to the region in March 2010, INTO ran its Central…

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First INTO Amicus supporters

July 1, 2011

First INTO Amicus supporters

Amicus (Plural amici), from amō (‘I love’). Pronunciation: /a’mikus/. Definition: Friend … Across the sector, charities have been finding it tough to keep sufficient funds…

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Building capacity and confidence in Zimbabwe

October 4, 2011

Building capacity and confidence in Zimbabwe

In 2011, we helped source specific assistance for organisations such as the Zimbabwe National Trust, which needed help planning how to secure the future of…

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2011 ICNT in Victoria, Canada

October 12, 2011

2011 ICNT in Victoria, Canada

The 14th International Conference of National Trusts brought together 300 delegates from 36 countries in Victoria, British Columbia, from 12-15 October 2011. In her closing…

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2011 Annual Report

December 31, 2011

Connecting People, Places and Stories was the theme of our Conference in 2011 and serves as a good description of our wider work programme that…

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Cultural exchange between Australia, China, France & UK

April 21, 2012

Cultural exchange between Australia, China, France & UK

At the invitation of the British Council, Catherine Leonard and INTO Volunteer Julie Thompson attended the China-UK Cultural Heritage Forum in Zhouzhuang and Tongli.  Catherine…

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INTO Working Holidays launched

July 6, 2012

INTO Working Holidays launched

In 2012 INTO launched its Working Holidays pilot in collaboration with several member organisations. Opportunities included constructing a shelter in a pristine Canadian forest run…

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Asia-Europe urban heritage project

July 12, 2012

Asia-Europe urban heritage project

We collaborated with the Asia-Europe Foundation on a series of case studies highlighting the work of INTO member organisations to sustain urban heritage in Asia….

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INTO Foundation makes first donations

September 4, 2012

INTO Foundation makes first donations

We were delighted to make our first donation from the INTO Foundation in 2012 towards the forthcoming conference in Uganda, which was soon followed by…

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Institution building in Fiji, Jersey & Kosovo

November 23, 2012

Institution building in Fiji, Jersey & Kosovo

INTO emphasises what is special about the National Trust approach and helps build the brand – nationally and internationally – through the development and promotion…

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Advocating climate action in Doha, Qatar

December 2, 2012

Advocating climate action in Doha, Qatar

In 2012, INTO reaffirmed its call for recognition of the social and cultural factors associated with the implications of climate change that have been missing in…

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2012 Annual Report

December 31, 2012

This year we celebrated the centenary of Octavia Hill, one of the founders of the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Whilst this…

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World Heritage Day Blogathon

April 18, 2013

World Heritage Day Blogathon

With the help of the NTEWNI Press Office, we held an international blogathon on World Heritage Day (18 April 2013).  It was a great opportunity…

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Advising the Trinidad and Tobago National Trust

May 20, 2013

Advising the Trinidad and Tobago National Trust

In May, our Head of Secretariat, Catherine Leonard, was invited to Trinidad and Tobago by the Honourable Clifton de Coteau, Minister of National Diversity and Social…

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2013 ICNT in Entebbe, Uganda

September 30, 2013

2013 ICNT in Entebbe, Uganda

The International Conference of National Trusts is still at the heart of our movement and every two years we convene in a different continent. In 2013,…

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First Small Grant awarded

October 31, 2013

First Small Grant awarded

At its meeting in Washington in 2012, the INTO Board agreed to establish a Small Grants Programme (SGP). The SGP is designed to provide small…

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2013 Annual Report

December 31, 2013

Throughout the year, INTO continued to provide a focal point for the worldwide National Trust movement, advising on the potential for Trusts in the Czech Republic,…

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1st Caribbean Conference of National Trusts

May 8, 2014

1st Caribbean Conference of National Trusts

The First Caribbean Conference of National Trusts took place in Barbados in May 2014 and provided an excellent opportunity to learn and network with the…

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New intern at the INTO Secretariat

June 1, 2014

New intern at the INTO Secretariat

Katie Jacob was our US/ICOMOS intern for ten weeks this summer. Her main role was to develop case studies from across the INTO network for sharing…

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London launch of the Czech National Trust

June 18, 2014

London launch of the Czech National Trust

One of our newest members is the Czech National Trust and we are delighted to welcome them to the INTO family, particularly as we have been…

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INTO Farms established

July 1, 2014

INTO Farms established

The members of the International National Trusts Organization (INTO) own and manage many farming properties across the globe helping to sustain the rural communities within…

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A heritage pilgrimage in Northern Spain

September 15, 2014

A heritage pilgrimage in Northern Spain

INTO personnel and volunteers were joined by a team from Tesouros de Galicia along the Camino Inglés in September. The aim of the 120km hike from…

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Sharing experience in Saint Helena

October 29, 2014

Sharing experience in Saint Helena

INTO volunteer and NTEWNI Solicitor, Tim Butler, arrived safely in the South Atlantic after a 5 day voyage from Cape Town. The Saint Helena National…

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2014 Annual Report

December 31, 2014

This 2014 year has been a period where INTO again demonstrated the two-way benefit of cooperative relationships. Bringing together its global network, INTO has been able…

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A Swedish National Trust

February 2, 2015

A Swedish National Trust

At the end of last year, the Swedish Society for Public Parks and Gardens (SSPPG)’s founder and former Project Manager, Cecilia Liljedahl, visited London on…

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IT support for INTO members

March 5, 2015

Our IT team supported INTO members in South Africa and Zimbabwe with the development of much needed new websites. The INTO IT team has created…

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2015 ICNT in Cambridge

September 7, 2015

2015 ICNT in Cambridge

We held our biennial conference, the International Conference of National Trusts (ICNT) in Cambridge from 7-11 September 2015, kindly co-hosted by the National Trust of England, Wales…

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Anniversaries: Malta, France and Gelderland

November 25, 2015

Anniversaries: Malta, France and Gelderland

As the year of two coastal celebrations: the golden jubilee of the NTEWNI’s Neptune Coastline Campaign and forty years of the Conservatoire du Littoral (CdL), the…

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Voicing climate concerns from New York to Cambridge to Paris

December 7, 2015

Voicing climate concerns from New York to Cambridge to Paris

At the beginning of February INTO delegates joined a workshop hosted by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in…

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2015 Annual Report

December 31, 2015

In 2015, we welcomed a new Chairman, Dame Fiona Reynolds, who wrote in her first Annual Report message: “The highlight of 2015 for me was…

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State of Global Heritage Report

April 18, 2016

State of Global Heritage Report

On 18 April 2016 we held our first World Heritage Day event in Cambridge and launched our State of Global Heritage Report.   Fiona Reynolds…

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Sharing experience in ‘Preserving Caribbean Heritage’

May 21, 2016

Sharing experience in ‘Preserving Caribbean Heritage’

Catherine Leonard represented INTO at the Second Caribbean Conference of National Trusts and Preservation Societies hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago National Trust, Citizens for Conservation…

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Czech National Trust opens first property

June 11, 2016

Czech National Trust opens first property

Today we celebrated the official opening of the first property of the Czech National Trust. INTO has been involved with the CNT for the past…

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Celebrating 20 years of the National Trust of Slovakia

November 9, 2016

Celebrating 20 years of the National Trust of Slovakia

The ‘Who owns the Monuments’ Conference organised as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the National Trust of Slovakia (NTS), brought together different perspectives…

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INTO Africa’s heritage education crowdfunder

November 20, 2016

INTO Africa’s heritage education crowdfunder

In the last quarter of 2016 INTO members in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe began working together on a joint heritage education project. ‘Encourage African Youth…

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2016 Annual Report

December 31, 2016

One of the highlights of 2016 has been working with groups in Georgia Lebanon and Thailand thinking of setting up a National Trust. INTO is…

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INTO launches new ‘Trust Kids’ resource

April 18, 2017

INTO launches new ‘Trust Kids’ resource

  On 18 April 2017 the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) launched a new resource, ‘Trust Kids!’.  A list of 25 things young people can do…

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INTO and INTBAU honour US National Trust for Historic Perservation

May 19, 2017

INTO and INTBAU honour US National Trust for Historic Perservation

On Friday 19 May, we had the pleasure of welcoming the Council of the National Trust for Historic Preservation to our offices in Grosvenor Gardens….

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Georgia: The newest National Trust

July 12, 2017

Georgia: The newest National Trust

One of INTO’s roles is to grow the capacity of existing Trusts but also to help establish Trusts in countries where they don’t currently exist….

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INTO launches new mentoring programme

September 1, 2017

INTO launches new mentoring programme

There was a workshop at the 2005 International Conference of National Trusts which explored the idea: “Are there useful and feasible ways that the international…

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2017 ICNT in Bali, Indonesia

September 11, 2017

2017 ICNT in Bali, Indonesia

The 17th International Conference of National Trusts was jointly hosted by the Indonesian Heritage Trust/ Badan Pelestarian Pusaka Indonesia (BPPI), the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO)…

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COP 23: Conservation in a changing climate

November 17, 2017

COP 23: Conservation in a changing climate

INTO has been an active advocate for the issues that National Trust face dealing with climate change for many years. Our team has attended most…

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The next ten years?

December 3, 2017

The next ten years?

As INTO looks forward to its next decade, its leaders are even more convinced of the value of global co-operation.  Conservation is not something that…

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