Research

We undertake research to help us understand how the heritage sector is changing and produce evidence about the value and role of heritage in modern life, as well as exploring and testing ideas we have for future funding campaigns and initiatives.

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Public perceptions of heritage 2018

The importance of heritage The two most popular reasons why heritage matters to people are that it helps them to learn from the past (62%) and that it preserves important things (61%). 73% of 65 and over think that heritage matters as it helps people to learn from the past, significantly higher than

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Strategic Funding Framework consultation report : executive summary

HLF has broad support for the key strategic plans proposed to its sector stakeholders. The organisation is perceived to be uniquely well-placed to offer a combination of financial support, training and examples of best practice, brokering of partnerships and collaborative working, and influential

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What have we done for nature?

Our researchers analysed grant award data from 1994 to March 2017. They also interviewed 20 key stakeholders from across the UK who have an interest in landscapes and nature. The aim of this research was to explore the strategic impact that HLF investment has had on landscapes and nature. It will

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Planning for the future

To help us plan for the future, we have been finding out what National Lottery players see as priorities for our funding.

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Funding for community asset transfer

Research examining the extent of the National Lottery funding has provided for projects that enable, support or follow a community asset transfer.

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Networked Heritage

Heritage shapes how people identify with the places they live, work and play. A publication from the RSA, in partnership with HLF.

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State of UK Public Parks 2016

Our latest State of UK Public Parks 2016 report updates the previous study undertaken in 2014. What does the research show? This second State of the UK Public Parks report shows that there is a growing deficit between the rising use of parks and the declining resources that are available to manage

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New ideas need old buildings

Historic buildings and the historic quarters of our major towns and cities are the very places where new ideas and new growth are most likely to happen. The research in this report shows that the commercial businesses based in the historic buildings of our major cities are more productive and

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Non-grant finance and the heritage sector

This report, undertaken by New Philanthropy Capital on the UK heritage sector’s interest in, and access to, non-grant sources of finance, and the attitudes of potential social investors to heritage, includes findings from a survey of almost 1,000 heritage organisations.

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State of UK Public Parks 2014

Three new surveys were commissioned: A survey of local authority park managers A survey of park friends and user groups A public opinion survey from Ipsos MORI The research shows that maintenance budgets are being reduced, capital will be less available for improvements, facilities are becoming more