There are restrictions that you need to be aware of when
selecting images that can have an impact on how an image can be
used or published. You can find these under
Restrictions on the webpage for an individual image.
(If the field is blank then there is no documented restriction in
- File size
- Property release
- Model release
- Further copyright
Below is the guidance we provide for National Trust users. If
you have any questions, please email
- Model release is required to use images of people who can be
- When an image is model released, the subject has given their
signed consent for the National Trust to use it. The Model Release
field in the Image restrictions will read 'YES'.
Our Model Release has changed over the years. This is reflected
in the rights granted (which can be found in the restrictions
section on the page for each image):
- Suitable for any use - can be used by all
- NT Commercial use and External Editorial use - can
be used by the National Trust for any use but can only be used by
external users for press.
- Editorial Use only - can only be used for
- NT Internal use only - can be used by the National
Trust for anything but cannot be passed onto third parties unless
they are working on behalf of the National Trust.
- Property release is required for photographs of people's
identifiable private property and possessions including buildings,
lands, vehicles, etc. If the image is property released, then the
owner has given their consent for the National Trust to use the
- If an image shows private property and is not property
released, it cannot be used by the National Trust to market the
- Copyright is a form of intellectual property and is distinct
from the ownership of a physical work. Owning an original work of
art does not give one permission to copy and reproduce that
- Copyright usually lasts for 70 years from the end of the year
in which the photographer or artist died.
- Some images on the website contain or feature items and works
of art that may still be in copyright. In this case, copyright
permission will also be required from the copyright holder to us
- If you order an image which has an instruction in the Further
Copyright field, then we will be in touch with you to advise on how
to proceed acquiring permission.
- Many works of art in the care of the National Trust are on loan
from private individuals (including donor families) and other
institutions. You will need permission to reproduce images of
privately owned items.
- If you order an image featuring privately owned items, we will
be in touch to advise.
- The file size shown in the restrictions field for an image is
the largest available image that we have.
- Some of the archive and collections images are relatively small
files and may not be sufficient for your needs.
- If you are concerned about the file size of an image, please
contact us and we will be able to advise whether the image will
meet your criteria.