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National Trust – then and now

PUBLISHED: 09:28 01 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:08 20 February 2013

A panel of experts will discuss the history and philosophy of the National Trust at Bath Guildhall on Sunday, March 11 at 4.30pm

National Trust then and now

A panel of experts will discuss the history and philosophy of the National Trust at Bath Guildhall on Sunday, March 11 at 4.30pm

Dame Fiona Reynolds, National Trust Director General, Gillian Darley, biographer, and the historian, broadcaster and politician Tristram Hunt, will look at the history of the formation of the National Trust through to its role in society today.

This special event is part of the Bath Literary Festival and marks the centenary of the death of social reformer and co-founder of the National Trust, Octavia Hill. From humble beginnings and without formal education, Hill became one of the most influential women of the Victorian era. She fought for many causes which have resonance today, including keeping developers at bay and the need to preserve some open spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The debate promises to be stimulating and thought-provoking and will engage anyone with an interest in the ideals and ethos of the National Trust, how it has developed and what it stands for today. It is supported by the Bath and South Cotswolds National Trust team. Local staff will be on hand before and after the event to answer questions and talk to visitors more about their work.

Ticket prices are normally 9 (concessions 8). Bookings can be made via the Literary Festival box office on 01225 463362 or

A special ticket price of 4.50 is available to those who quote BATHHALF12 when they book.


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