Heritage Circle members express their personal investment in a shared belief that the Trust’s treasures belong to everyone and should endure for future generations. Their valued support affords these members the highest level of benefits while contributing greatly to Royal Oak’s values of Impact, Community and Access.

Make an Impact

The Rotunda with the Temple of Venus in the distance at Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Royal Oak’s ambition is to increase its support of National Trust projects in historic preservation, conservation, and education. Our Heritage Circle provides additional, crucial funding that makes this possible. Also, like our Basic and Supporting membership levels, these funds also enable our Foundation to operate on behalf of the Trust.

Projects Royal Oak has recently supported include restorations and research at the world-renowned Stowe landscape gardens; acquisitions and educational improvements at Sir Winston Churchill’s Chartwell; and research and inventory of the Trust’s vast collections of furniture and decorative arts.

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The Rotunda with the Temple of Venus in the distance at Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Join our Community

Royal Oak Timeless Design Gala at the Metropolitan Club, New York

Heritage Circle membership builds community among like-minded people who share an affinity for British heritage, art, architecture and gardens. Our trips and events also introduce members to historic treasures and their custodians.

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Royal Oak Timeless Design Gala at the Metropolitan Club, New York

Enjoy Special Access

Private tour at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, 2018

Your participation offers you private access to events and trips both in the U.K. and the U.S. Past U.K. trips include Dorset, Shropshire, and Middle England. U.S. trips have included Jamestown & Colonial Williamsburg; Newport; Cleveland; Saratoga Springs; Winterthur & the Brandywine Valley.

U.K. Events:

Behind-the-scenes Tours: Spring Garden & House Tour; Fall Study Day; VIP bespoke events organized by NT; Discounts on rates at select U.K. hotels

U.S. Events:

Private, behind-the-scenes tours & events; Private events hosted by members, art collectors, museums and historical societies; Nationwide Lecture Series in 10 cities; Trips to discover British history here at home

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Private tour at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, 2018

Annual Garden Tour

Great Gardens & Houses of Dorset

Monday, May 30 – Friday, June 3, 2022

The county known to many through the novels of Thomas Hardy is exceptionally rich in country houses and gardens as well as idyllic landscapes.

The gardens benefit from the mild climate, exemplified by the range of plants grown in the garden at Compton Acres, and we shall visit a wide variety of gardens, from the early example of landscape gardening at Stourhead to the recent award-winning garden at Mapperton and the pioneering approach to permaculture at Deans Court.

To learn more about this trip and about Heritage Circle membership and benefits, contact Jan Lizza at jlizza@royal-oak.org or 212-480-2889, ext. 205

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Annual Study Day

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Friday, September 9, 2022

Join fellow Heritage Circle members to discover Hartwell House and Wakefield Lodge with Frank Dabell and John Martin Robinson

To learn more about this trip and about Heritage Circle membership and benefits, contact Jan Lizza at jlizza@royal-oak.org or 212-480-2889, ext. 205

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Rome with Heritage Circle

Travle to Rome with Royal Oak Foundation

with Lecturer Frank Dabell

Dates:

Monday, October 17 – Saturday, October 22, 2022

This very special trip to Rome will be the second in a trilogy of tours to Italy designed for the Heritage Circle Members.

No country had a greater influence on British architecture and taste than Italy. The purpose of these tours is to explore the relationship between Italy and England during the heyday of the Grand Tour in the 17th and 18th centuries. Patrons will be able to learn about how Italian art and architecture directly influenced the architecture, interiors and landscapes of the great British country houses and gardens, while also enjoying Italy’s magnificent art and architecture in its own right – and of course wonderful Italian food!

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Travle to Rome with Royal Oak Foundation

Captions, from top to bottom: The Rotunda with the Temple of Venus in the distance at Stowe Landscape Gardens, Buckinghamshire ©National Trust Images/Andrew Butler  ◆  Royal Oak Timeless Design Gala at the Metropolitan Club, New York ◆  Heritage Circle private tour at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, 2018