Exterior view of Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland ©National Trust Images/John Hammond


If your interests include art, architecture, gardens, landscapes, interior design, history, heritage and cultural activities, then Royal Oak membership is for you. Royal Oak members enjoy benefits in the U.S. as well, including a broad array of lectures, day trips and special events; and informative publications that explore British heritage.

2020 Annual Fund

Please consider making a gift to Royal Oak today to support educational events, undertake substantial conservation and preservation projects and provide essential scholarship opportunities.

An oblique view of the East front of Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire, with the north wing in the foreground ©National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

Royal Oak Lecture Support

For over 45 years, The Royal Oak Foundation has invited some of Britain’s most respected scholars of British history, art, architecture, and design to share their work with audiences throughout the U.S. Today, lectures remain a significant benefit of Royal Oak membership and encourage development and support for the Foundation’s important work with The National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Royal Oak speakers illustrate English country houses and collections, including many of the 350 historic houses and gardens under the stewardship of the National Trust.

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal

The Royal Oak Foundation is excited to launch our 2020 National Trust appeal to support a major effort to protect Fountains Abbey and Royal Studley Water Garden.
Our patrons’ generosity is what will make it possible for Royal Oak to achieve our goal of raising $250,000 toward this important project. We invite you to join us to help save this historic and beautiful place in Yorkshire.

View of the Hall shrouded by thick fog. Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk. ©National Trust Images/Justin Minns

Legacy Circle

The Royal Oak Legacy Circle recognizes those who wish to create a legacy by remembering Royal Oak and the National Trust of England, Wales & Northern Ireland in their estate plans. Benefits of membership in The Royal Oak Legacy Circle include invitations for annual special events in association with our lectures around the U.S and recognition in our print and digital publications. Legacy Circle members also have access to special Legacy Supporter events organized by the National Trust in the UK.

Statue of Venus, in the Rotunda, at Stowe, Buckinghamshire. ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Ways to Give

Your gift to The Royal Oak Foundation strengthens our programs in the United States and our support of the National Trust and its stewardship and conservation work overseas. Public support over the last 45 years has allowed Royal Oak to grant over $10 million to support a wide variety of National Trust projects. We need and appreciate your direct support because membership dues only go so far to underwrite our mission.


Royal Oak offers a variety of opportunities for businesses and corporations to participate in the Foundation’s programs and activities through sponsorship and donations of goods and services. Each of our Corporate Partner relationships are configured uniquely to derive the best benefit for the partnering institution, Royal Oak’s membership, and the foundation as a whole.

Woburn Abbey

Private: Attingham Summer School Scholarship

The Attingham Summer School, a highly regarded intensive three-week residential educational program in the English countryside devoted to the study of British historic houses. Since its foundation in 1952, many scholars, curators, architects, and designers from the United States have participated each year. The Royal Oak Foundation has supported the program for more than 30 years with grants totaling more than $400,000.