Our research helps us to understand the value and role of heritage in modern life. We use the latest research to explore and test ideas for future funding. Publication Planning for the future, January 2018 To help us plan for the future, we have been finding out what National Lottery players see as priorities for our funding. Publication HLF review of grantee engagement with our environmental outcomes, September 2017 A review of grantees' engagement with our environmental guidance. Publication Funding for community asset transfer, July 2017 Research examining how National Lottery funding has provided for projects that enable, support or follow a community asset transfer. Publication Social enterprise and rural places of worship, March 2017 Research to examine whether social enterprise can effectively assist the sustainability of rural places of worship. Publication State of UK Public Parks 2016 This report shows that there is a growing deficit between the rising use of parks and the declining resources available to manage them. Publication Economic impact of UK heritage tourism economy, August 2016 Our latest report on the economic impact of heritage-based tourism in the UK. News article Uncovering the secret life of artist Mary Watts Artist Mary Watts' life and work were overshadowed by those of her husband, the great Victorian artist GF Watts. A new gallery is devoted just to her... 08/02/2016 Publication Non-grant finance and the heritage sector, July 2014 Research into the heritage sector's interest in non-grant sources of finance, and the attitudes of social investors to heritage organisations. Publication State of UK Public Parks 2014 A study into the condition, quality and resourcing of the UK’s public parks. Publication New ideas need old buildings, March 2013 Research into how commercial businesses based in the historic buildings can be more successful than other commercial businesses. Publication Challenge and change, November 2004 Report looking at the ‘cultural value’ of heritage.