National Heritage Memorial Fund

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Joseph Wright of Derby. Two Girls Dressing a Kitten by Candlelight. c. 1768–70. Oil on canvas, Kenwood House, London. Acquired by English Heritage with help from the National Heritage Memorial Fund.[1]

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set up in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of the British national heritage, in memory of those who have given their lives for the UK. It will receive £20 million Government grant in aid between 2011–15, allowing for an annual budget of between £4 million and £5 million.

A diverse list of over 1,200 heritage items have been safeguarded by the National Heritage Memorial Fund to the tune of nearly £300 million, including:

The NHMF is funded by grant in aid from the Government through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

In 1993 NHMF was given the responsibility for distributing the share of heritage funding from the National Lottery for the heritage good cause. It does this through the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


  1. ^ "The dark side of The Kitten: A Wright of Derby for Kenwood." Julius Bryant, Apollo, December 1996, Vol. 144, No. 418 (new series), pp. 18–19.
  2. ^ "Museum buys steam tricycle". The Glasgow Herald. 29 March 1985. Retrieved 11 October 2016.

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