35 years of saving the UK's heritage
The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) was set-up in 1980 to save the most outstanding parts of our heritage at risk of loss to the nation, as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK. The Fund receives grant-in-aid from the government and is due to receive £20m between 2011 and 2015, allowing for an annual budget of £4m-£5m.
NHMF is unique in its ability to provide financial assistance towards the acquisition, preservation and maintenance of such a wide range of heritage treasures from trains to masterpieces, wildlife havens and manuscripts.
The recent purchase of Charles Dickens's desk and chair, for example, joins a diverse range of over 1,200 iconic objects and places that have been safeguarded by the NHMF over the last 35 years, including;
- The Bronte family table
- The Simon Heneage collection of Heath Robinson illustrations
- The Siegfried Sassoon Archive
- The Staffordshire Hoard
- The Mappa Mundi
- The Blue Rigi
- The Mary Rose
- Flying Scotsman
- The last surviving World War II destroyer, HMS Cavalier
- Brecon Beacons National Park
- Sir Walter Scott manuscripts
- Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage
It is hard to think of such iconic heritage leaving the country or even simply rotting away, yet without the NHMF, many treasured items and places would have been lost.