National Trust

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For the body protecting historic environments in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, see National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty. This article lists similar bodies worldwide. For other uses, see National Trust (disambiguation).

A national trust is an organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of a particular geographic region. Although the focus of a national trust may vary by region, the principal role is to ensure the preservation of historically significant items, and to conserve areas of natural beauty. National trusts generally operate as private non-profit organizations. The first such trust, the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (usually known as the National Trust), was founded in the UK in 1895 and operates as a charitable organisation serving England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Other national trusts have since been set up around the world.[1][2]

In 2007, the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO) was established at a gathering in New Delhi, India, with a mandate to support collaboration and best practices among national trusts and similar associations. It has member organizations from over 50 countries.[2][3][4]

List of national trusts[edit]

A partial list of national trusts and similar organizations:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Max Colwell, David Colwell, Heritage Preserved with the National Trust of South Australia (1985), p. 7.
  2. ^ a b "The National Trust Movement". National Trust for Land & Culture. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "About INTO". International National Trusts Organisation. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "INTO Members". International National Trusts Organisation. Retrieved 19 February 2015.