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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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.

Cabinet War Rooms
29 November 2001

The Cabinet War Rooms (CWR) as seen today and as opened by the Imperial War Museum to the public in 1984, comprise only one third of the total area that the CWR occupied by 1945. All that is about to change.

8 November 2001

Launch of UK’s first National Inventory of War Memorials

The Hereford Screen
14 April 2001

After more than 30 years in storage, the Hereford Screen, one of the metalwork masterpieces of the Victorian age, has been conserved and returned to its former glory. Richly intricate and colourful, this Gothic Revival choir screen was made for Hereford Cathedral and will be unveiled at the V&A on Thursday 24 May.

Late Bronze Age Neckring
8 April 2000

As it celebrates its twentieth anniversary, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, established by Parliament in 1980 as a memorial to those who died in the two world wars, is announcing details of two important acquisitions.

Shackleton's Liquid Boat Compass
16 September 1999

The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been able to support an ‘eleventh hour’ fast track application for grant from the National Maritime Museum to acquire two items from the collection of items used by Scott and Shackelton on South Pole expeditions in the early 1900s, scheduled to have been sold by public auction tomorrow.

HMS Cavalier during the Second World War
23 July 1998

National Heritage Memorial Fund awards £830,000 to relocate HMS Cavalier at Chatham Historic Dockyard.