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.

1 March 2005

In 2005 the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) celebrates its silver jubilee and the rich inheritance it has given to the public through its role as fund of last resort for the UK’s heritage.

Macclesfield Psalter
24 January 2005

Following the launch last September of a high-profile Art Fund campaign to save the export-stopped Macclesfield Psalter, this remarkable medieval manuscript has been secured for the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Portrait of Thomas Howard
25 November 2004

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to have acquired a highly significant portrait of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, one of the most powerful figures in the Elizabethan Court.

29 April 2004

National Heritage Memorial Fund gives nearly £1million to create UK’s first national memorial to Women of World War II

The Flying Scotsman in Doncaster
5 April 2004

Flying Scotsman, the world's most famous steam locomotive, will stay in Britain.

'Viotti’ Stradivari Violin
24 March 2004

The Royal Academy of Music is pleased to announce that it has been successful in its £250,000 application to the National Heritage Memorial Fund to buy the uniquely important ‘Viotti’ Stradivari Violin.

30 September 2003

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) today announced its first grant since almost emptying the funding pot to save Tyntesfield back in June 2002.

2 July 2003

Tessa Jowell, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, has today announced the satisfactory conclusion of the Quinquennial Review of the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

19 March 2003

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) awarded its largest ever award to help secure the future of the outstanding Victorian estate of Tyntesfield, near Bristol. 

Hogarth’s ‘The March of the Guards to Finchley’
13 June 2002

The Trustees of the Foundling Museum are delighted to announce the acquisition of their first major work of art from the nationally important Foundling Hospital Collection.  Coram Family (successors of the Foundling Hospital) currently owns this collection.