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National Lottery Heritage Fund
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Non-departmental public body overview
Formed1994 (1994)
JurisdictionUnited Kingdom
HeadquartersInternational House, 1 St Katharine's Way, London E1W 1UN[1]
51°30′28″N 0°04′25″W / 51.5077°N 0.0737°W / 51.5077; -0.0737Coordinates: 51°30′28″N 0°04′25″W / 51.5077°N 0.0737°W / 51.5077; -0.0737
Minister responsible
Non-departmental public body executives
Parent departmentDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Parent organisationNational Heritage Memorial Fund Edit this at Wikidata

The National Lottery Heritage Fund, formerly the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), distributes a share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide range of heritage projects across the United Kingdom.


The fund's predecessor bodies were the National Land Fund, established in 1946, and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, established in 1980.[3] The current body was established as the "Heritage Lottery Fund" in 1994.[4] It was re-branded as the National Lottery Heritage Fund in January 2019.[5]


This sign indicates a Heritage Lottery funded project
A Heritage Grant saw the renovation of Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire

The fund's income comes from the National Lottery which is managed by Camelot Group.[6] Its objectives are "to conserve the UK's diverse heritage, to encourage people to be involved in heritage and to widen access and learning".[7] As of 2019, it had awarded £7.9 billion to 43,000 projects.[5]

In January 2019 it simplified its funding schemes under one banner – National Lottery Grants for Heritage – with awards from £3,000 to £5 million.[5] Funding requests for projects over £5 million will be considered as part of two time-limited national competitions to be held in 2020–21 and 2022–23.[5]


The fund is governed by a board of trustees,[8] whose chair is appointed by the Prime Minister; René Olivieri has been interim chair since January 2020[9] following Sir Peter Luff's retirement at the end of 2019.[10]

The chief executive since July 2016 is Ros Kerslake OBE, former CEO of The Prince's Regeneration Trust.[11]

The fund's head office is in London, and it has offices elsewhere in the UK.[8]

Major projects[edit]

Major projects have included:[12]


  1. ^ "Contact us". Heritage Lottery Fund. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Our people". Heritage Lottery Fund. Retrieved 25 October 2019.
  3. ^ Tandy, Virginia (1 August 2019). "The Heritage Lottery Fund and its role in the construction and preservation of the past: 1994-2016". University of Manchester. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  4. ^ Maeer, Gareth (2017). "A people-centred approach to heritage: The experience of the Heritage Lottery Fund 1994–2014". Heritage Values and the Public, edited by Margarita Díaz-Andreu. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage. pp. 38–52.
  5. ^ a b c d "A Guide to the National Lottery Heritage Fund". Jura. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  6. ^ Hancock, Alice (14 November 2019). "UK National Lottery operator Camelot posts record first-half sales". Financial Times. Retrieved 31 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Heritage Lottery Fund" (PDF). National Audit Office. 13 March 2007. p. 4. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  8. ^ a b "Our people". The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  9. ^ "René Olivieri appointed as Interim Chair of The National Heritage Memorial Fund". (Press release). 30 December 2019. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Heritage Fund Chair to step down". Arts Professional. 13 September 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  11. ^ "Ros Kerslake OBE". The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Retrieved 31 July 2020.
  12. ^ "Major Grants" (PDF). Heritage Lottery Fund. 1 June 2015. p. 18. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  13. ^ "Kennet And Avon Canal Locks Turned Into River Of Light". Culture24. 24 December 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  14. ^ "'Largest' park's history restored". BBC. 2 March 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  15. ^ "Maritime Museum gets go-ahead". BBC News. 25 July 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Museum wins £12m grant". BBC News. 31 January 2002. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  17. ^ "£4m grant to Huddersfield Park". Horticulteral Week. 13 October 2005. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  18. ^ "Halifax Georgian Piece Hall awarded lottery grant". BBC. 20 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  19. ^ "Titian saved for the nation". Country Life. 8 March 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2020.

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