Celebrating heritage: projects supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Girl runs with dog by site of Magna Carter at Runnymede in Surrey

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 over £107 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 – in 2017-18 over 9.5 million people visited the places that have benefitted from National Lottery Heritage Fund funding.

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

27 Jun 18

Connecting to history at Runnymede and Ankerwycke

The internationally significant and river-adjacent sites of Runnymede and Ankerwycke are unified with a new ferry crossing, thanks to funding of more than £1.6m from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. New heritage walking trails connect across the River Thames in Surrey, from the priory ruins at Ankerwycke to the famous site of the sealing of Magna Carta at Runnymede.

Taking the ferry to freedom

A cyclist relaxing on the banks of the River Thames at Runnymede, Surrey.

02 Jun 18

Crafting poppies at Standen

More than 2,000 handcrafted poppies are on show in the garden at Standen, in commemoration of the end of the First World War. This rousing project has been funded by a £9,300 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Volunteers and staff at Standen House and Garden in West Sussex have been knitting, stitching and crocheting for the display.

Remembering loved ones at Standen

Crocheted poppies for Remembrance Day

01 May 18

Bat habits at Ightham Mote

The future for several priority species of bat is being protected in a new community project at Ightham Mote in Kent, funded by a £7,900 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The funding is helping local people and students to monitor the bats, which can be sensitive to any changes in the environment.

Learning from bats at Ightham Mote

Notcule bat