Who we are
We are a global family of heritage trusts
INTO is a diverse network of heritage organisations from across the globe. We are united by a common approach to the conservation of global heritage – built and natural, tangible and intangible.
Together we exchange expertise, promote best practice and share resources to increase global capacity for heritage protection. We use our shared knowledge to support new trusts to grow, and lend our voice to key discussions in the heritage sector.
Having INTO behind us has been crucial to the successful establishment of a Czech National Trust. INTO has added credibility to our project and we have been able to make good use of their contacts and expertise. They have provided ideas, funding, advice, and a shoulder to cry on."
The INTO family in numbers
Our membership is a thriving network of organisations with worldwide representation. With more than 80 members all around the world, we tell a global story of our shared heritage.
The National Trust movement began in the late nineteenth century in response to fast disappearing natural and cultural heritage. Motivated to preserve the world’s historic and natural beauty, heritage organisations began forming to protect places of cultural significance.
Since then, the movement has grown to include countries from every corner of the globe. Australia to Malta, Taiwan to Zimbabwe. Unique in personality but united by common goals, international heritage organisations have been convening for the International Conference of National Trusts (ICNT) for over 40 years. An opportunity to stand together, share experience and form collective strategies, it became a central tool for trusts to work together.
At the 10th meeting, the need for a body to better connect trusts between conferences was agreed. Four years later, INTO was launched at the 2007 Delhi conference. From then, it has grown from its roots as an informal collective of like-minded organisations to the leading authority on the National Trust movement that it is today.
Interested in joining?
INTO membership gives you access to a wealth of expertise and experience from our network. Join the INTO family to become part of the global National Trust movement.
As a coalition of heritage organisations around the world, INTO increases its impact through alliances with international networks.
Whilst we work in partnership with many different global associations and groups, we are formal members of the following networks:
- Climate Heritage Network
- Europa Nostra
- IUCN: International Union for Conservation of Nature
- SMILO: Small Islands Organisation
INTO also holds NGO observer status at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) annual Conference of the Parties (COP).