Museums and heritage

The British Museum, London
Since 1994, HLF has awarded £2.41billion to 3,727 projects benefiting over 1,100 museums and galleries around the UK.

We've funded institutions large and small – from national and local authority museums to independent, university and military museums.

Our grants have contributed to the refurbishment of buildings, the acquisition and use of collections, projects to increase audiences and participation, and supported organisational sustainability.

  • we awarded £10million to the British Museum to help them care for the most fragile parts of their collection
  • a £1m grant helped the Yorkshire Army Museum create more family-friendly displays
  • £90,000 enabled the Armagh County Museum in Northern Ireland to improve visitor access and facilities
  • £2m for the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Hampshire, meant more collections could be displayed to the public

To date, museums have been one of the main beneficiaries of HLF’s open programmes, and Chief Executive Ros Kerslake has pledged that this is likely to remain the case when we enter into our next strategic framework in 2019.

She has also indicated a desire to see applications from museums for projects that make a contribution to wider social agendas, including recruiting volunteers who may be long-term unemployed, socially isolated or living with mental health challenges.

HLF Chief Executive, Ros Kerslake
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