Areas, buildings and monuments

Areas, buildings and monuments

People walking up steps to a castle with turret
Lincoln Castle. Credit: Colin McLean Photography
Safeguarding our historic buildings, monuments and archaeology for future generations.

Since 1994 we have awarded £3.3billion to more than 10,300 area, historic building and monument projects across the UK.

These projects can help to sustain jobs, support economic growth and protect heritage at risk. They can also bolster local pride, nurture traditional craft skills and help communities enjoy and make use of the places they care about.

What do we support?

Projects we fund include:

  • investment in places of worship
  • conservation and repairs to historic buildings and places
  • finding appropriate new uses for historic buildings
  • community archaeology projects

Places of worship

Places of worship are among the UK’s oldest and most cherished historic buildings. We want to help congregations become truly resilient and their buildings genuinely sustainable.

Project ideas

Our funding could help people:

  • repair and transform a historic building at the heart of their community
  • help volunteers learn building conservation skills
  • rescue a building on a Buildings at Risk register
  • undertake a community archaeology project
  • regenerate a historic town centre or high street
  • look after and learn about a local war memorial

For more inspiration, see the stories below or browse projects we've funded.

How to get funding

Our National Lottery Heritage Grants programme is open for applications.

The interior of the Great Hall at Rochdale Town Hall, with decorative ceiling panels and gold angel statues held by wooden beams.
The Great Hall, Rochdale Town Hall.


Rochdale Town Hall restored to its former glory

This project has improved the condition of one of the UK’s finest examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, and opened up spaces to the public for the first time.

The outside of a stone English parish church with a graveyard in the foreground
The church of St Mary the Virgin in Stebbing, Essex. Credit: John Salmon.


The Way Forward: St Mary’s Church, Stebbing

At the church of St Mary the Virgin in Stebbing, Essex, a programme of major repairs and improvement will remove the church from the Heritage at Risk register and create an inviting community hub.

A photo of the inside of Leicester Cathedral during a service, taken from a high perspective within the building
Leicester Cathedral reopened for Advent and Christmas services in 2023. Credit: Leicester Cathedral.


Leicester Cathedral's Journey of Renewal

The Leicester Cathedral Revealed project is blending tradition with innovation to rejuvenate this much-loved place of worship and welcome.

Detail from a Burne-Jones stained glass window at Birmingham Cathedral showing figures
Detail from a Burne-Jones stained glass window at Birmingham Cathedral. Credit: Birmingham Cathedral.


Divine Beauty: restoring Birmingham Cathedral's stained glass treasures

Innovative methods of engaging visitors have complemented the restoration of a stunning set of stained glass windows by Birmingham-born Pre-Raphaelite artist Edward Burne-Jones.

A photo taken through a keyhole of a prisoner in a cell, wearing striped black and white clothing.
The museum offers insight into the experiences of prisoners from Victorian times to the modern day. Photo: West Midlands Police Museum.


The Lock-Up: Unlocking History at West Midlands Police Museum

Our funding has enabled the museum to move into a Victorian custody block, the last of its kind in the country.

An ariel view of the green space on Gloucester Cathedral grounds with people exploring
The new public green space welcomes visitors to Gloucester Cathedral. Credit Gloucester Cathedral.


Project Pilgrim: A new life for Gloucester Cathedral

Phase One: The Heart of Gloucester saw Gloucester Cathedral transform into a leader for sustainable development in the city.

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