40 years of the National Heritage Memorial Fund

The National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) 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.

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As a fund of last resort, NHMF helps to save some of our most-loved treasures from being lost forever, creating a UK-wide memorial in honour of those who have given their lives to the country.

Over four decades the Fund has saved outstanding heritage across the breadth of the UK, creating a memorial in honour of those who have given their lives for the United Kingdom.

NHMF has helped to save thousands of iconic heritage treasures for the nation including The Flying Scotsman, Henry VIII’s flagship Mary Rose and the Staffordshire Hoard.

The latest treasures to be saved for the nation are the sledge and flag from Ernest Shackleton’s British Arctic Exploration – one of the most important expeditions in British history. Find out more about this historic acquisition and our 40th anniversary on our news pages.