Children and young people

Children and young people

Heritage has a crucial role to play in enriching the lives of children and young people, creating a more inclusive society.

Since 1994, we are proud to have invested over £60million across the UK in projects working with children and young people. This includes the £10m Kick the Dust programme.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is committed to making heritage more inclusive and accessible to a wider range of people and this includes the younger generations. We know that children and young people can play a significant role in creating innovative and exciting heritage projects that really speak to them. 

Explore some of our work below and find inspiration for your project, then discover whether your idea is eligible for funding.


a crowd at a celebration event inside coventry cathedral
The Deliaphonic celebration event took place at Coventry Cathedral.


Deliaphonic: a symphony of heritage and creativity

The Tin Music and Arts marked the 80th anniversary year of Delia Derbyshire with a celebration in her home city of Coventry.

A group of children posing for a photograph, some holding family objects
Children at a workshop held during the project.


Cocorico! Exploring the heritage in our homes

A Congolese community organisation in Swansea brought people together to learn about and share their heritage through personal items.
An aerial photo of an archaeological dig in a field
Archeological excavations at Rendlesham. Photo: Suffolk County Council / Jim Pullen.


Rendlesham Revealed: unearthing Anglo-Saxon life in Suffolk

A community archaeology project has made new discoveries in the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of East Anglia with the help of hundreds of volunteers.