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Cultures and memories

Cultures and memories

Our cultures and memories make us who we are. These are the customs and traditions, skills and knowledge, passed down to us through generations, often adapted for modern lives. They are also our personal histories - the experiences that have shaped us and our society.

Thanks to National Lottery players we have awarded over £346million to more than 21,800 projects exploring our cultures and memories across the UK.

What do we support?

We fund projects which help save and share the traditions, customs, skills and memories of different communities.

This cultural heritage is sometimes referred to as intangible heritage or living history. This is because it is brought alive when practiced or performed.

Project ideas

Our funding could help people:

  • research and share oral traditions, such as storytelling or local dialects
  • train others in traditional skills and crafts, from dry stone walling and blacksmithing to basket weaving
  • research the origins of art forms and create performances influenced by past styles
  • share the history of celebrations, festivals or rituals with new audiences
  • capture accounts of traditional knowledge or pass it on
  • record the memories of ordinary people through oral histories

How to get funding

Find out whether your project is eligible for funding.


Oral History guidance

Oral history is the recording and archiving of people’s memories, feelings and attitudes.