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.

14 March 2019

Purchased with support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, Art Fund and the V&A Members, this pair of lamps were the joint creation of artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) and his...

Bruce-Oosterwijck longitude pendulum clock
11 December 2018

National Museums Scotland has acquired a historic Bruce-Oosterwijck longitude pendulum sea clock, which played an important role in the long quest for a practical way of determining longitude at sea; a problem that had made sea voyages incredibly hazardous.

Armistice Day November 11th 1918
22 November 2018

Thanks to funding from Art Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF), Imperial War Museums (IWM) has successfully acquired Armistice Day (November 11 1918), an oil painting by renowned Irish wartime artist John Lavery.

12 October 2018

The restoration of one England’s most important historic gardens, the unique Hestercombe Gardens near Taunton in Somerset, is one step closer thanks to a £1.5million grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).

The Boat Builders’ by John Bellany (1942-2013)
28 September 2018

After remaining in private ownership for some 55 years, one of the earliest and most significant paintings by internationally acclaimed artist the late John Bellany CBE, will go on permanent public display as part of the Scottish Maritime Museum’s new national art collection, it was announced today (Friday 28 September).

17 August 2018

Painting linking two Welsh icons will travel to Swansea in 2019 as part of Gallery’s Coming Home project

Lyghfield Bible arrives at Canterbury
31 July 2018

A rare medieval bible has been saved for the nation and returned to Canterbury Cathedral 500 years after it disappeared from the Cathedral’s monastic book collection at the time of the Reformation.

Two Women in a Garden
25 June 2018

Fry Art Gallery secures work by influential 20th-century artist with major National Heritage Memorial Fund grant.

Sir Alfred Gilbert, R.A., Queen Victoria, 1887-1889
19 June 2018

Sir Alfred Gilbert's exceptionally rare white marble bust of Queen Victoria as an ageing monarch has been 'saved for the nation' after the Fitzwilliam Museum raised the £1.2 million asking price to prevent it being exported to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Extract from The Piano
11 June 2018

The University of Nottingham has acquires the last major collection of personal materials of controversial author of Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Sons and Lovers and Women in Love. The archive is a unique treasure trove of intimate items including family correspondence; diary entries; notebooks; personal papers; & items of clothing. Formerly in private ownership, it represents the last major collection of personal materials Nottingham’s most famous literary son.