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A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors By Merlin Waterson

A Noble Thing: The National Trust and Its Benefactors
by Merlin Waterson

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
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Hardback
Publisher
Scala Publishers Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
352
ISBN 10
1857596692
ISBN 13
9781857596694
Prizes
N/A
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