Good practice guidance

Advice and resources to help you plan and deliver your heritage project.

19 good practice publications listed.




  • A business plan is a document describing the key financial and organisational aspects of your business. It focuses on the overall organisation, not specific activities, and is required as part of your funding application.


  • Conservation planning is a process that will help you understand your heritage and its importance and ensure it is valued, cared for and sustained for everyone, now and in the future.


  • No matter the type or size of your heritage project, you will probably create some digital outputs. It’s important these meet the conditions of our funding: availability, accessibility and openness.



  • The Heritage Fund is committed to supporting inclusion, access and participation. We expect the projects we fund to help everyone explore and learn about heritage.

  • Intangible cultural heritage is the knowledge and traditions inherited from previous generations and passed on to our descendants. It’s an important type of heritage that’s part of everyone’s life in some way.

  • Interpretation is the way we communicate stories and ideas about heritage to different audiences. It plays a critical role in helping visitors engage with our heritage – intellectually and emotionally.


  • Natural heritage is some of our oldest heritage, from 150million-year-old fossils to native plants and insects that existed long before human life. But the UK is one of the most nature depleted places on Earth with around one in six species threatened with extinction.


  • Good management and maintenance are crucial to the long-term care of heritage sites, collections and assets, while poor management and maintenance can put your heritage at risk and lead to higher costs in the future.


  • Oral history is the recording and archiving of people’s memories, feelings and attitudes. It plays a crucial role in expanding the historic record to include a wider range of people and their experiences.

  • Organisations that are sustainable and resilient are better able to adapt to changing circumstances and take advantage of new opportunities, leading to greater impact and stronger legacies for heritage projects.



  • Whether it’s the entire focus of your project or one element within it, we want to ensure we’re funding high quality training that meets the needs and priorities of heritage, organisations and people and will make a long-term difference.


  • A huge proportion of the projects we fund involve volunteers – we want to ensure they have a positive experience when working with your heritage project.


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