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.

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Samuel Palmer's The Prospect
7 September 2006

From Samuel Palmer to Paul Nash, this exhibition comprises some of the most striking and important acquisitions in the field of British drawings and watercolours made by the Ashmolean over the last six years.

Letters from Samuel Taylor Coleridge to his brother, George
21 August 2006

The archive of the extended family of one of the greatest English Romantic poets, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, dating from the mid 18th to the early 20th centuries has been acquired by the British Library.

Francis Hayman, Samuel Richardson, the Novelist (1684-1761), Seated, Surrounded by his Second Family
8 August 2006

Tate has acquired one of the most important small-scale informal group portrait pieces by Francis Hayman (1708-1776).

4 August 2006

On the 25 July 2006 the Lakeland Arts Trust (LAT) was awarded a grant of £465,596 by the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) in order to save a fascinating collection of boats of international importance.

8 June 2006

The largest, most comprehensive collection of books by and about Darwin ever assembled has been acquired by the Natural History Museum. Known as the Kohler Darwin collection, it includes nearly everything Darwin published from 1829 onwards.

Sheet music from My Ladye Nevells Booke by William Byrd
5 June 2006

My Ladye Nevells Booke, one of the finest music manuscripts of the Elizabethan age, has been acquired by the British Library as a result of a successful fundraising campaign and will go on public display for the first time from 6 June 2006.

Portrait of John Donne
2 May 2006

Today, The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce that the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) has agreed to contribute £750,000 towards the acquisition of the portrait of John Donne. This very generous grant will help to secure the portrait for the nation.

27 February 2006

A magnificent Charles II silver fruit dish has been purchased, and saved from export, by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

The Coenwulf Coin
8 February 2006

The British Museum is delighted to announce that it has acquired a rare and important Anglo-Saxon gold coin depicting Coenwulf King of Mercia (796-821).

A page from the building accounts of Hengrave Hall, 1525–35
23 January 2006

A treasure trove of family, household and estate papers from the twelfth to the twentieth century has been saved for the nation.