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Key research reports
Economic impact of UK heritage tourism economy 2013
HLF requested that Oxford Economics update their 2010 report on the economic impact of the UK heritage tourism industry using the latest available data. This study quantified the scale of economic activity associated with heritage-based tourism in the UK.
Assessments of how well our funding has improved the condition of heritage and how it is being conserved for the future.
From visits to volunteering
Research into completed projects to establish how people are involved in HLF funded projects – the activities that projects put on, the participation of volunteers, training and the extent to which people are visiting the heritage we’ve funded.
Investing in Success
Heritage tourism has never been more important to our economy. This report shows its scale and significance across the UK.
Enjoying heritage - HLF funding and visitor attractions
This is visitor research, carried out at heritage attractions that have received HLF funding, and used to gauge the reaction and response of visitors to the improvements that have been made.
Heritage and local quality of life
This research is carried out in a similar way to the visitor surveys, but involves talking to local residents about their perceptions of how HLF funded projects have made a difference to the places where they live, and to their own quality of life.
Heritage and the economy
Heritage projects can have substantial impacts on local and regional economies. This work explores the scale and extent of the economic benefits delivered by completed HLF projects.
The social benefits of involvement in heritage projects
What difference does involvement in a heritage project make, both for individuals and the communities where they live? This research uses a mix of research types to look at these questions in detail.
HLF annual reports
HLF annual report 2013-2014
HLF annual report 2012-2013
HLF annual report 2011-2012
HLF annual report 2010-2011
HLF annual report 2009-2010
HLF annual report 2008-2009
HLF annual report 2007-2008
HLF annual report 2006-2007
HLF/NHMF business plan 2014
HLF/NHMF business plan 2013
HLF/NHMF business plan 2012
HLF/NHMF business plan 2011
HLF/NHMF business plan 2010
HLF/NHMF business plan 2009
A lasting difference for heritage and people: Our strategy 2013-2018
Valuing our heritage, investing in our future: Our Strategy 2008-2013
Our Heritage Our Future 2008-2013
Welsh language scheme
NHMF/HLF has adopted the principle that in the conduct of public business in Wales, it will treat the English and Welsh languages on a basis of equality.
Equality Scheme for Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland
We set out how Heritage Lottery Fund Northern Ireland proposes to fulfil the Section 75 statutory duties of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Management Agreement with the DCMS
This document sets out the broad framework within which NHMF will operate between 2012 and 2015.
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