This paper explores the formative years of the British National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty from its founding in 1895 to 1938. It specifically investigates the rise of the Trust’s interest in preserving Britain’s coastline, which was originally an afterthought when compared to other areas of natural beauty. Ultimately, the years between 1895 and 1938 proved extremely pivotal in the development of the Trust’s preservationist ethic in its policy approach towards protecting coastline and set the stage for the sweeping coastal environmental movement that would take place in 1965 with Operation Neptune.



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