Our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion

A woman watching as a younger woman cleans 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.

In our Strategic Funding Framework 2019-2024, we made that mission explicit. Inclusion – ‘involving a wider range of people’ – is a mandatory outcome of all the projects we fund.

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. 

Family at an exhibition


Inclusive heritage

Inclusion is about taking action to ensure that contemporary society in the UK is better represented in your heritage project.


Gender pay gap

As an employer with more than 250 staff, the National Heritage Memorial Fund is required to publish data on the gender pay gap for its workforce.