Celebrating heritage: our Heritage Lottery Fund supported projects

Heritage Lottery Fund is helping to put the drama back into Seaton Delaval Hall

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 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), who’ve been supporting projects that help people access and explore our heritage since 1994.

Thanks to HLF, and players of the National Lottery, we’ve received over £107 million to restore and repair historic houses, gardens and precious countryside. From returning the 18th-century Seaton Delaval Hall 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 – in 2017-18 over 9.5 million people visited the places that have benefitted from HLF funding.

Explore our timeline to learn more about how HLF helps us bring heritage to life. Detailed information can be found in the HLF review PDF.

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Latest updates

20 Mar 18

Putting the drama back into Seaton Delaval

Seaton Delaval Hall, former home of the theatrical Delaval family in Northumberland, embarks on a new chapter in its life thanks to a £3.7m grant from HLF. The funding will pay for urgent conservation work, new visitor facilities and a programme of events and exhibitions that brings to life the colourful history of this flamboyant house.

Our ambitions for Seaton Delaval

A lady enjoys a stroll through the gardens at Seaton Delaval

21 Sep 17

Restoring a lakeside gem at Fell Foot

Fell Foot, a family park on the shores of Lake Windermere, receives £683,900 to improve pathways and access to the waterfront. Here, families can enjoy swimming and canoeing surrounded by the majestic fells of the Lake District. A historic 19th-century boathouse and arboretum will also be restored as part of this important conservation project.

More on improvements to Fell Foot

A family enjoying a trip in a rowing boat, Fell Foot Park, Cumbria

14 Sep 17

£1.8m for Sutton Hoo transformation

An ambitious project to transform visitors’ experience of the world-famous archaeological site Sutton Hoo is made possible with a generous HLF grant. Plans include a 17-metre observation tower with views over the entire burial ground, and walking routes so visitors can follow in the steps of the Anglo-Saxons. Enhanced tours, eye-opening exhibitions and a refurbished welcome centre will also play a key part in the new, immersive experience.

Bringing archaeology to life at Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo warrior and sword