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.

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.

8 June 2018

Grade I listed Gwrych Castle secured following £600k National Heritage Memorial Fund grant 

Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant Famous Women dinner service all plates lo res.jpg
4 June 2018

The Arts Minister Michael Ellis has announced over £1million joint investment by both National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) and the Art Fund. Norfolk Museums, the National Trust, Charleston Trust and the V&A all acquire heritage of international significance.