Opening Views from the 16th International Conference of National Trusts

King's College Courtyard

King’s College Courtyard, Cambridge

Cambridge, England, has proven to be a delightful host for the 16th International Conference of National Trusts, co-sponsored by the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland and the International National Trusts Organisation (INTO).  More than 250 delegates and guests have arrived for the preliminary INTO meetings and the five days of conference sessions, tours, and discussions.

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey

Candice and I arrived mid-day on Saturday for the INTO meetings, which began the next morning at Anglesey Abbey, a wonderful National Trust property near Cambridge. While most of the day was spent in meetings, we were given a delightful tour of the house, gardens, and mill by National Trust staffer Justin Scully and his team.  It was enough to whet our appetite for a return visit with the full conference later in the week.

White Birch Grove at Anglesey Abbey

White Birch Grove at Anglesey Abbey

Each day we’ve taken our meals in the Great Hall at King’s College – a splendid space in which to enjoy good conversation with fellow delegates from around the world.

Great Hall of King's College

Great Hall of King’s College

Great Hall Windows

Windows in the Great Hall

And on Monday evening, it was also the setting for our opening gala reception, with baroque music from Eboracum Baroque.

Eboracum Baroque

Eboracum Baroque at King’s College

Now it is time to head out the door for a day of touring and discussions at National Trust properties.

More to come…

DJB

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