The World Health Organisation has announced that COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a pandemic and the Australian and NSW Government is making announcements daily related to the reduction in public gatherings and events and the benefit this will have to reduce the potential for infection. The virus is contagious between people and of particular risk to people with existing medical conditions, people with reduced immunity and people of advanced age.
The National Trust (NSW) values the health and wellbeing of its staff, volunteers, members, visitors and supporters above all else. We have provided the most up-to-date information to our staff, at our heritage properties and to our volunteers on the importance of preventing, identifying and reducing the potential of infection.
We will update this news post as regularly as possible, and as circumstances change. An outline of our response to COVID-19 is provided below.
National Trust (NSW) events cancelled or postponed until 30 June 2020
It is with great disappointment that the National Trust (NSW) has postponed planned celebrations of our 75th Anniversary. Changed dates and information on ticket purchases (where applicable) can be found with the listing of specific events on our website.
We will review our programming at 30 June 2020 in line with Government health guidelines and communicate with our members and visitors here.
National Trust (NSW) Property Closures
To ensure the safety, wellbeing and health of our volunteers and the community, we are closing the following National Trust (NSW) properties until 30 June 2020 and will review our opening times at this time.
- Cooma Cottage.
- Dundullimal Homestead.
- Everglades House & Gardens.
- Golden Vale.
- Grossman & Brough House.
- Harper’s Mansion.
- Miss Porter’s House.
- Miss Traill’s House.
- Retford Park
- Saumarez Homestead – until 31 August 2020.
- S.H.Ervin Gallery
- Tomago House.
- Vienna Cottage.
- Woodford Academy
- Old Government House
- Experiment Farm Cottage
- Norman Lindsay Gallery
We urge our visitors to National Trust (NSW) properties to be vigilant about adhering to the recommendations of the Department of Health. Please ensure you:
– Wash your hands regularly.
– Sneeze or cough into your elbow.
– Do not shake hands or engage in unnecessary physical contact.
– If you are unwell, please stay home.
If you have been to or have been in contact with people who have recently returned from countries with high risk of COVID-19 infection, we urge you to reconsider your plans to visit our properties.
Please visit the specific property page of interest to stay up to date on changes to our opening times.
National Trust (NSW) 75th Anniversary Celebrations
We have been so looking forward to celebrating this milestone event with our members, volunteers, supporters and the community. It just isn’t the right time. We are postponing our 75th Anniversary Celebrations until the latter half of 2020.
If you have tickets to any of our special events for our 75th Anniversary, we will contact you directly. If you are unable to join us for the rescheduled date, you will receive a full refund.
For more information, please visit our 75th Anniversary website.
Australian Heritage Festival
With the full support of the Heritage Council of NSW, and the National Trusts across Australia, it is with great sadness that we are cancelling the Australian Heritage Festival for 2020.
We look forward to welcoming the community back to the festival in 2021.
National Trust (NSW) teams will be in contact with local event organisers across the state who work tirelessly to make the Australian Heritage Festival such a terrific event. We make this announcement with a heavy heart, but with the best interests of the community in mind.
We will update the Australian Heritage Festival website with further details as soon as possible.
The National Trust Heritage Awards
Also with the support of the Heritage Council of NSW, the National Trust Heritage Awards for 2020 will be postponed, not cancelled.
We are mindful that regular working patterns have been disrupted and many people are working from home. In consideration of this, we have rescheduled the deadline for award submissions and revised when we will announce the shortlist in all our categories.
We are extending the deadline for submitting event entries to 30 May 2020, however, projects must still have been completed by between March 2019 and March 2020.
We will announce the shortlist in July 2020.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Doltone House, our selected venue for the National Trust Heritage Awards, for taking a collaborative approach at finding a solution for us to proceed with the event on a future date. It is support from ethical businesses like this that will make all the difference to charities as we work together through this public health emergency. Thank you to the team at Doltone House for your support.
Venue Hire and Booking Heritage Places for Locations (Photography/Film)
We are happy to discuss future bookings beyond June 2020. We are recommending to all clients who have booked our venues and places for locations that scheduling is delayed to ensure the health and safety of your friends and family, or those you work with. The National Trust (NSW) will accommodate rescheduled dates for existing bookings free of charge and assist in any way we can with your planning.
National Trust (NSW) Membership Enquiries
We’re still here for our Members. If you have enquiries about your membership, membership events or renewing with us – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
You can renew your membership with the National Trust (NSW) online here.
If you need to contact us by phone, please call (02) 9258 0156.
Our wishes for everyone’s safety and wellbeing
The National Trust (NSW) extends its wishes to the community for a safe and healthy time ahead as we face this public health emergency. Isolation is challenging and this will be hardest on the most vulnerable members of our community. Our thoughts are with all Australians at this time.