Welcome to the Bermuda National Trust


The Bermuda National Trust cares for 277 acres comprised of 82 properties that represent much of the best of Bermuda’s heritage – a variety of traditional historic houses, islands, gardens, cemeteries, nature reserves and coastline. In addition, three museums display an outstanding collection of artefacts owned and made by Bermudians, and tell the intriguing story of the island’s development.

The Trust has a strong education programme, focused on encouraging appreciation of our built and natural heritage and what it means to our future. 

Our mission:

To protect and promote Bermuda’s unique natural and cultural heritage forever, by

- acquiring and conserving land, buildings and artefacts;

- inspiring appreciation and stewardship through advocacy, research, education and participation

 

 For Everyone, Forever


Trust News


Karen Border Appointed BNT Executive Director

We are excited to announce that Karen Border will take up the position of Executive Director of the Bermuda National Trust (BNT) on 28 June. Karen is a respected environmentalist and communications professional. In fact, she has spent her adult life contributing to the conservation of Bermuda’s unique environment and natural heritage.  

 

She is looking forward to joining the Trust team in her new capacity and says: "I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed Executive Director of an organisation so close to my heart. The National Trust plays such an important role in Bermuda, in far more ways than many people realise – from its preservation of open spaces, historic buildings and artefacts, to its inspirational education programme and activities that celebrate the Island's heritage. The importance of each of these aspects of the Trust's mission has been thrown into sharp relief by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced all of us to focus on our own 22 square miles and what it has to offer. I look forward to leading the Trust team in continuing the organisation's valuable work and finding new and exciting ways in which to engage the whole Bermuda community."

 

Click here to read the full Press Release

 

Family Activities for Outdoor Adventures

The Bermuda National Trust cares for many buildings in the historic town of St. George's and looks after the most fabulous nature reserves throughout the island. Take our scavenger hunt as you stroll through St. George's or hike Bermuda's trails. Learn about the places we care for in a fun and exciting way.  Be sure share all of your findings with us by scanning the QR code provided on each Scavenger Hunt Activity sheet.
 
 

NEW! Built Heritage: Skittle Alley, Dockyard

BUILT HERITAGE: March 2021 By Linda Abend and Margie Lloyd, Bermuda National Trust

This post is part of a series of architectural articles by the Bermuda National Trust that highlight some of Bermuda's endangered historic buildings. 

 

Skittle Alley is a Grade 2 Listed Building yet very few of us know of its existence. It is located on a small island and is connected to the mainland by a footbridge leading from the former residence of the Captain-in-Charge, the most senior officer at the Dockyard. The captain’s residence, known as The Cottage, was built in 1827 for the Naval Storekeeper who in 1837 became the Dockyard Superintendent. When Joseph Balingall retired in 1857 this post was abolished and Captain Frederick Hutton became the first Captain-in-Charge of HM Dockyard.

 

Skittle Alley was built as the bowling alley for Captain John Moresby RN who arrived in April 1878. It was during Moresby’s tenure that the Sailors’ Home, now demolished, was built. It too would boast of a bowling alley. Although Captain Moresby spent only three years in Bermuda, that he was highly respected is clear from the fact that his name survives to this day with Moresby House, built in 1899 for the Officer-in-Charge of Works, and Moresby Plain, the naval recreation and parade ground, today used by the public for large events.

 

Click here to read the newest Built Heritage Article on Skittle Alley!

 

BNT Temporary Closure

Dear members, friends, volunteers and supporters,
 
With the safety and health of the community in mind, due to the new Covid-19 government regulations, the Bermuda National Trust offices and museums will be closed until further notice. We have followed government guidelines and have cancelled our spring camps and decided to cancel all of our weekend walking tours in St. George’s during April.
 
As always, we thank you for your support which helps us continue the important work we do in our community. Please visit our website and social media for any updates and contact us with any questions or concerns via email at palmetto@bnt.bm
 
We look forward to seeing all of you soon!
 

2021 Summer Camp

Sign up your kids for one of our exciting Summer Camps! Children will enjoy a week filled with engaging activities! 

We have a variety of camps for you to choose from;

Bermuda's Amazing Edible Plants - June 28th - July 2nd and July 26th - July 28th 

Time Travelling Camp - July 5th - July 9th and July 12th - July 16th

Climate Change Agents Camp - July 19th - July 23rd

Shipwreck Survivor Camp - August 2nd - August 6th

Bermuda's Natural Wonderland Camp - August 9th - August 13th

Scholarships for camp are available!

Click here to download the Scholarship application.

Click here to download the Summer Camp Application.

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Museums

In the National Trust’s care are 70 properties, covering 250 acres and representing much of the best of Bermuda’s heritage. Learn more about Bermuda's unique architectural...

Town of St. George

For residents and visitors alike, St. George’s is a “must see” on your list of things to do in Bermuda. Founded in 1612, the Town of St. George's has the distinction of being the oldest...

Photo Gallery

Nothing compares to Bermuda's beautiful architecture and nature reserves. Explore the different properties, houses, reserves and events of the Bermuda National Trust.

Gift Membership

Purchase a gift membership (Membership begins/ends October 1st). Show you care by giving a Bermuda National Trust Membership. It's a great gift idea for birthdays, retirement...

For Teachers

The National Trust's nature reserves and historical homes offer unique learning experiences outside of the classroom. To make it easier for you to use these venues...

Volunteer

The Bermuda National Trust relies heavily on volunteers – in fact, we could not operate without them! We run a series of volunteer programmes and are always looking for new recruits.

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