Children at a carnival event

Cultures and memories


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.


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


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.


What heritage means to me: Carmen Talbot

As we commemorate 100 years since some women won the right to vote in the UK, Carmen Talbot, the project coordinator for the Rebellious Sounds Archive, tells us what heritage means to her.


Crossings: a fusion of maritime history and dance

Crossings was a community project which started in 2016 and resulted in a trio of dance films, created by diverse communities in Edinburgh who were responding to the vibrant heritage of Leith. It was accompanied by an exhibition of historic objects, selected by the participants of those groups. This