What do Charles Darwin’s specimen collection, a Shakespearian fencing manual and Neville Chamberlain’s notes of his 1938 meeting with Hitler have in common? They are just some of the unique artefacts waiting to be discovered as part of the new Hidden Treasures campaign, created by the Independent and the Collections Trust.
Hidden Treasures offers Independent readers exclusive, free behind-the-scenes tours of 50 leading heritage attractions across the UK between the 4th and 11th June.
Whether it is exploring the secret passages under Temple Newsam House near Leeds, discovering the Asian and Ceramics Collections of the V&A or uncovering the secrets of the National Archives, Hidden Treasures is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the collections that are not usually on public display, and find out how our nation’s heritage is cared for.
Hidden Treasures tours are guided by the leading experts in their field, who will be happy to answer your questions and share their knowledge of these tremendously diverse collections. Whether you are interested in Natural History or fighter planes, the story of the post box or the gruesome early days of medicine, Hidden Treasures is your chance to discover their hidden stories!