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.

As a result, we are only accepting applications for urgent cases that meet this criteria.

If you have an urgent application, please contact us.

Original copy of the poems handwritten by Seamus Heaney
14 November 2020

The collection, acquired by Pembroke College Cambridge, is a treasure trove of previously unseen poems, personal letters, photographs and literary papers by the writers, and drawings and paintings of their...

World War Two High Speed Launch 102 boat
6 November 2020

The National Heritage Memorial Fund, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, was founded in 1980 as a memorial to those who have given their lives for the UK.


Triumph outside the British Motor Museum
10 March 2020

A unique, record-breaking Triumph TR2 prototype sports car has been acquired by the British Motor Museum with £250,000 from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF). 

One of just three prototypes...

Martinware Crab
14 February 2020

The work of art is a large sculpture of an anthropomorphic crab. It’s a humorous object measuring almost half a metre long with grinning eyes, a curling moustache, cropped beard...

‘Dickens The Great Magician’ by Joseph Clayton Clarke
7 February 2020

The items acquired by the Museum include 144 handwritten letters by Dickens (25 of which are unpublished), personal items including writing implements and jewellery, original artwork by the illustrators of...

Derek Jarman at Prospect Cottage. Photo: © Howard Sooley
22 January 2020

Art Fund needs to raise £3.5m by 31 March 2020 to purchase Prospect Cottage and to establish a permanently funded programme to conserve and maintain the building, its contents and...

7 January 2020

The Trumpeters by Nainsukh of Guler – described as a work “unparalleled in North Indian art” - had its licence for export blocked in 2018 by the Secretary of State...

30 December 2019

René has been a member of the Board since March 2018 and has chaired the Finance, Staffing & Resources and Investment Committees. He is also chair of the Royal...

19 December 2019

This means the painting will now stay on free public display in Trafalgar Square for the enjoyment and inspiration of future generations.  

The Finding of Moses has a remarkable...

18 December 2019

The incredibly rare title went under the hammer at the Drouot auction house in Paris and was expected to fetch between €600,000 – 800,000. The manuscript will complete the collection...