Weston was gifted to the nation in 1986 by Richard, the 7th and present Earl, and with the aid of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, the collection is now in the care of the Trustees of The Weston Park Foundation.
The Foundation is an independent charity that is wholly reliant on income from visitors and those who use the House and Park. Unlike other charities, Weston does not have regular external grants or a large annual membership.
The primary purpose of the Foundation is to conserve and display Weston and its contents for public benefit and to develop its role as an educational charity. There is a continuous programme of improvements in both fields. Much of what is done, is built on the work of previous generations of the donor family and the Trustees are conscious of the responsibilities they have inherited.
The House is open to the public on a regular basis and is also used by guests celebrating special occasions and weddings, meeting for business or hosting events. The Foundation is particularly proud of its work in the field of educational with large numbers of visiting school parties, significant links with universities and colleges which include research work on the collections, and also residential Cultural Tours.
Outside, in the Park and Gardens, almost all the buildings and follies have been restored, with some of them now holiday cottages, and many thousands of people regularly come to enjoy events including Horse Trials, International Model Air Show, Camper Jam, Classic Ibiza, Bonfire & Fireworks Night, Christmas Food & Craft Fayre and Enchanted Weston.