A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors from 1940 to the Present Day by Merlin Waterson

A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors from 1940 to the Present Day by Merlin Waterson

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The first in-depth study of the individuals who donated to tge National trust some its greatest properties.

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During the twentieth century there was an unprecedented and largely unforeseen transfer of property in Britain from private ownership into the hands of a single charitable institution, the National Trust. In 1945 the Trust owned 112,000 acres and had a membership of 7,850. Fifty years later, when celebrating its centenary, it had a membership of 2 million and the area of land it owned had increased more than fivefold Only relatively recently has the significance of this transfer begun to attract the serious interest of political and social historians. The National Trust and its donors have tended to be diffident about their generosity. The reasons for such generosity prove to be as varied as they are surprising and illuminating. Merlin Waterson's new book, concentrating on the period since 1940, and accompanied throughout by rare and unusual illustrations, sheds new light on the motives of some of the Trust's most important donors.

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SKU GOR006196750
Title A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors from 1940 to the Present Day
Author By (author) Merlin Waterson
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Scala Publishers Ltd
Year Published 2011
Number of Pages 352
ISBN 10 1857596692
ISBN 13 9781857596694
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.
Description

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During the twentieth century there was an unprecedented and largely unforeseen transfer of property in Britain from private ownership into the hands of a single charitable institution, the National Trust. In 1945 the Trust owned 112,000 acres and had a membership of 7,850. Fifty years later, when celebrating its centenary, it had a membership of 2 million and the area of land it owned had increased more than fivefold Only relatively recently has the significance of this transfer begun to attract the serious interest of political and social historians. The National Trust and its donors have tended to be diffident about their generosity. The reasons for such generosity prove to be as varied as they are surprising and illuminating. Merlin Waterson's new book, concentrating on the period since 1940, and accompanied throughout by rare and unusual illustrations, sheds new light on the motives of some of the Trust's most important donors.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006196750
Title A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors from 1940 to the Present Day
Author By (author) Merlin Waterson
Condition VERYGOOD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher Scala Publishers Ltd
Year Published 2011
Number of Pages 352
ISBN 10 1857596692
ISBN 13 9781857596694
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us.

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