Children at a carnival event
Children at a carnival event

Cultures and memories

Comedian Johnny Vegas
A rather young-looking Johnny Vegas, winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year competition in 1997. Leicester Folks Telling Jokes


Secrets of the archives

From the unusual to the humorous, the heartfelt to the heart-wrenching, these examples demonstrate the wealth of stories held in archives around the UK. Hopefully they'll inspire you to get out and explore your own local archive! Egg-dispensing machine on Umberleigh railway station, 1972. Credit:


What heritage means to me: Nick Merriman

This weekend sees the opening of the Horniman Museum's new World Gallery, made possible by a £3.3million grant from HLF. To celebrate, we spoke to the museum's Chief Executive, Nick Merriman, about what heritage means to him.
MP Ed Vaizey
The Rt Hon Ed Vaizey, MP for Wantage and Didcot


Why Brutalist heritage gets my vote

As the Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall and Purcell Room reopen after extensive refurbishment, MP Ed Vaizey explains why he's a fan of the Brutalist architecture they epitomise
A 17th century travelling library
A Jacobean travelling library, affectionately referred to as a 17th century Kindle


Lost and found in books

To celebrate World Book Day, we got in touch with some of our grantees whose projects have involved books, and asked them for anecdotes about the most interesting things they’ve ever found inside a book.