A Noble Thing
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During the 20th century there was an unprecedented transfer of property in Britain: over 600,000 acres of land passed from private hands to a charitable organization which promised to preserve it for the nation. Focusing on the period from 1940, this illustrated history of the National Trust and its benefactors explores the many different reasons, from philanthropy to tax efficiency, which motivated the donors to give away their land. Merlin Waterson was former Director of Historic Properties for the NT.