National Trust Welcomes Young Members

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The National Trust has launched a new membership scheme to attract the next generation of heritage and countryside lovers.

For £10 per year, a new junior pass will offer youngsters aged 5-17 the opportunity to visit hundreds of properties cared for by the Trust, including castles, gardens and historic houses. The new membership comes at a crucial time, with more and more grandparents, aunts and uncles being called on to assist with childcare.

“We want to inspire the next generation to care about all the buildings, countryside and wildlife that we look after,” says Sharon Pickford, membership director, “and to help nurture a love for conservation and the outdoors. We also want to move with the times and offer more flexible memberships which reflect the changing nature of childcare in Britain. Family life has changed dramatically over the course of the last generation with children increasingly looked after by grandparents and other family members while their parents are out at work.”

As a consequence of the new membership, young people who are aged 5 to 17, and currently benefit from a Young Person membership, will receive a 70% reduction in their annual fee, whilst young people aged 18-25 will benefit from a 50% concession.

On joining, members will receive a welcome pack and guide, membership card and voting rights for the charity’s annual general meeting. To find out more, please visit the National Trust website.

At Kids in Museums, we are thrilled to see one of the UK’s best-known heritage charities putting children and young people at the heart of what they do, recognising them as an important part of their audience. Have you got a story about how you’re doing the same? Get in touch at [email protected] – we’d love to hear from you!

Becky MacNaughton, News Editor

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