Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

A woman watching as a younger woman cleans an antler behind the scenes at Norfolk Museums
Cleaning an antler behind the scenes at Norfolk Museums
Ensuring everyone in the UK has opportunities to explore, access and enjoy heritage has been at the heart of The National Lottery Heritage Fund’s mission since we were established in 1994.

As part of our Heritage 2033 strategy, one of our investment principles that guides our decision-making is inclusion, access and participation: supporting greater inclusion, diversity, access and participation in heritage. 

When we talk about inclusion, we mean equal and fair access for everyone, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith, class or income. 

However, we recognise that we need to do more to achieve equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of our organisation and its work. Bringing about change is an ongoing process. We are listening and learning to help drive the change we want to see.

On this page we share our commitment to that work and our actions to progress it. 

A group of female mountaineers on an expedition in the Himalayas in 1962
We helped the Pinnacle Club mark 100 years since the women's rock-climbing club was founded.


Inclusive heritage

Inclusion is about taking action to ensure that contemporary society in the UK is better represented in your heritage project.
Four people sitting with large artwork behind them
At The Painted Hall.

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Our values and behaviours

Our values and behaviours are the bedrock on which we build success for our people, communities and heritage.

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