Treasures at the click of a mouse

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HISTORIC artefacts held by the National Trust can now be seen at the touch of a button.

A new website has been created to show details of more than 700,000 objects in the care of the organisation, including more than 10,000 items from Wallington.

Pieces from the Cambo estate include family portraits, such as works by Reynolds and Gainsborough, Turner watercolours, furniture, needlework, porcelain, curiosities and books.

The website provides virtual access to collections from more than 200 historic properties nationwide, as well as items in storage, pieces that are too fragile to display and artefacts that are on loan to other museums.

Work is continuing to add more to the site, such as books, items from recently acquired properties and objects on loan to the organisation, and when it is finished more an a million pieces will be featured.

The project has taken almost 15 years and the work of hundreds of staff, volunteers and contractors to research, catalogue and photograph the collections, and develop the database.

There are treasures from stately homes, as well as thousands of everyday items from mills, cottages and workplaces.

National Trust Museums and Collections Director Sarah Staniforth said: “This is such an exciting moment and yet another step forward in bringing our places to life.We are now able to share our collections with everyone online and offer a fantastic resource for learning more about them.”

To visit the site log onto www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk