The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been awarding grants to safeguard the UK’s most important heritage since 1980. In our 40th anniversary year, we are proud to continue this legacy.

We are currently developing a response to support nationally-important heritage at risk due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

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Lyell notebooks
7 October 2019

Remarkable notebooks belonging to a scientist admired by Charles Darwin are to join the University of Edinburgh’s collections, following a successful campaign.

Iconic photo of Isambard Kingdom Brunel saved for the nation
9 September 2019

The Brunel Museum has secured for the nation an iconic photograph of the eminent Victorian industrialist, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Joseph Mahoon's Double-manual harpsichord bveing inspected by professionals
3 September 2019

The Joseph Mahoon (fl. 1729 – 1771; d.1773) double-manual harpsichord, is significant because it is the only one of its type known to exist, and one of only two surviving...

Extract from the Lambton archive
30 August 2019

Durham University, has purchased the remarkable archives of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham and a key figure in nineteenth century politics, opening up the collection for study for the first time in over 40 years.

Ros Kerslake OBE
2 August 2019

An exceptionally rare, miniature painting entitled The Spanish Armada off the Coast of England, which was temporarily subject to a UK export bar, has been acquired by National Museums NI.

29 May 2019

City of Leicester Museums Trust secures William Wollaston and his Family in a Grand Interior

26 April 2019

A very significant addition to the collection, it is the only medal of its kind the Museum has, that relates to a foundling boys' military service in the eighteenth and...

29 March 2019

Contained in more than 400 boxes, the Granville Archive comprises the extensive papers of three aristocratic politicians – father, son and grandson – who exercised huge power as politicians and...

Victorian quarrying at Ham Hill
22 March 2019

73 acres of historic land at Ham Hill in Somerset, which includes extensive archaeological remains, has been secured for the nation.

Ruskin Archive collection
20 March 2019

Lancaster University and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) are delighted to announce the purchase of the Whitehouse Ruskin Collection. This purchase has secured for the nation an unparalleled collection of the paintings and drawings, books and manuscripts, photographs and daguerreotypes of John Ruskin (1819–1900), the epoch-defining critic, artist, environmentalist and social thinker.