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Two young women looking at a framed photograph during the Hanging Out project. Photo Damian Walker

 Funding for anniversaries 

We will make awards totalling at least £10m over the next four years to fund projects exploring the heritage of some of the UK’s most important anniversaries.

The money will be invested to ensure that those moments which form a central part of our national history are commemorated and understood by people today.

This new emphasis for our funding reflects the fact there is enormous enthusiasm to provide more opportunities to foster the sense of community spirit and national pride that anniversaries, such as the Diamond Jubilee, can inspire.

If you are considering a project in the next few years, it might highlight important historical dates that will resonate with people and communities across the UK. For example:

  • The centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth
  • The 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta
  • The Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo
  • 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth
  • 50 years since England won the football World Cup
  • 50 years since the first solo sailing circumnavigation of the world from west to east

We can provide funding to help groups, communities and organisations mark these anniversaries by exploring, conserving and sharing their heritage. Find out more about the grants we offer from £3,000 - £10,000, £10,000 - £100,000 and £100,000 upwards.

For more information please call the anniversaries enquiry line on 020 7591 6044, email: anniversaries@hlf.org.uk. Alternatively please contact your local HLF office.

HLF-funded anniversary projects

HLF has already funded a number of projects linked to anniversaries, and you might find these examples useful. They include:

Bicentenary of the Abolition of the trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Act – 2007
2007 was the 200th anniversary of the passing of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, which made it illegal for British ships to take part in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. HLF has funded over 290 projects related to the slave trade.

Bicentenary of Charles Darwin – 2009
Down House holds a unique place in the history of science as the home of Charles Darwin. It is now possible to stand in the study where Darwin wrote On the Origin of Species, and experience the room as it was when he worked there, stroll through the extensive gardens that inspired the revolutionary scientific theories and his landmark views on evolution.

Bicentenary of Charles Dickens’s birth – 2012
The Charles Dickens Museum, the author’s former Bloomsbury home, re-opened in December 2012 following a major investment that saw the building transformed and doubled in size in Dickens’s bicentenary year.

Benjamin Britten – 2013
100 years after the birth of Benjamin Britten a new archive building opened in the grounds of The Red House, Aldeburgh, the home he shared with Peter Pears from 1957 until his death in 1976.

700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn – 2014
The Battle of Bannockburn took place on the 23-24 June 1314 between the armies of Robert the Bruce and Edward II and is one of the most significant battles fought on British soil. HLF awarded a grant to support the Battle of Bannockburn project – a state-of-the-art visitor attraction to commemorate its 700th anniversary and its place in shaping the history of Scotland which will open this year.

Magna Carta and children 

Magna Carta: 800th anniversary celebrations at St Albans Cathedral 

Grants for anniversaries