Celebrating heritage: projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

 Visitors exploring the medieval ruins at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden, North Yorkshire

Every day we care for special places across the UK, protecting them for people to enjoy now and in the future. It’s an ambition shared by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, who’ve been supporting projects that help people access and explore our heritage since 1994.

Thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and players of the National Lottery, we’ve received more than £118 million to restore and repair historic houses, gardens and precious countryside. From returning the 18th-century Seaton Delaval Hall in Northumberland to its former flamboyant self, to improving a family park on the shores of Lake Windermere, these wide-ranging projects inspire people of all ages. And their impact is significant too, with millions of people visiting the places that have benefitted from National Lottery Heritage Fund grants each year.

Explore the timeline below to learn more about how the National Lottery Heritage Fund helps us bring heritage to life.

Detailed information about the impact of National Lottery Heritage Fund support can be found in the review (link to PDF below).

Latest updates

13 Jun 19

Making Oxburgh future proof

We’re taking on an ambitious £6m roof repair at Oxburgh Hall in Norfolk, after the unexpected collapse of a dormer window exposed a structural weakness. Thanks to funding support from National Lottery Heritage Fund, we’re putting it right and inviting visitors on the journey.

Oxburgh Hall's roof restoration explored

View of Oxburgh's roofline

03 Apr 19

Raising the roof at Ickworth

Ickworth House is embarking on a major conservation project to repair the roof of the country house in Suffolk. This £5m project will help fix the leaks, add lightning protection and re-tile the iconic Rotunda. Thanks to additional grant-funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, visitors will be able to experience Ickworth in a new way during the project.

Experience Ickworth uncovered

Ickworth Rotunda, Suffolk

06 Mar 19

Growing 1930s charm at Florence Court

A project to restore Florence Court’s kitchen garden to its former 1930s glory has been given a funding boost of £374,800 thanks to National Lottery Heritage Fund. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will see the reinstatement of two glasshouses in the estate’s walled garden in County Fermanagh.

Restoring character at Florence Court

Florence Court Kitchen Garden volunteers