What is inclusion?
Inclusion is about taking action to ensure that contemporary society in the UK is better represented in your heritage project.
We believe everyone should be able to benefit from our funding, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, faith, class or income.
The terms we use:
At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we use the acronyms:
- BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) and in Scotland MECC (minority ethnic and cultural community)
- LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and others). The ‘+’ represents people who identify as non-binary, questioning, queer, intersex, asexual and other identities.
We use these acronyms because we believe they are widely understood. Identities can be complex and intersectional, and we are also aware that for many these terms may feel inadequate or limiting. We keep the language we use constantly under review.
What we expect from projects
Every project we fund must reach our mandatory outcome that "a wider range of people will be involved in heritage". Find out more in our inclusion guidance.
We want to see every project taking steps to reach out to new people, to share heritage beyond their organisation, and to embed inclusive practice as far as they can.
In planning your project, ensure that everyone you work with feels a sense of welcome and belonging.
Scroll down the page to see some of the inspiring projects we have funded, or explore different aspects of inclusive heritage below.
We support all sorts of projects which explore and celebrate the heritage of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities.
We also want to help the sector itself to better reflect the UK population.
Children and young people
Over the past 25 years, 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.
Disabled people are under-represented in every area of the heritage sector, including people who are learning disabled, people with physical or sensory disabilities or those living with dementia or using mental health services.
We are working in partnership with disabled people to change this unfair situation.
Over the past 25 years we've invested over £5million across the UK in sharing stories of LGBT+ ((lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and others) heritage, creativity, activism and much more.
Llanelli LGBTQ+ Support have held events and activities to recognise and share the rich heritage of the town's LGBT+ community.
Youth dance organisation, Shaper/Caper is exploring the LGBTQ+ heritage and culture of Dundee in an oral history project, Here Me Out.
Suffolk Archives' latest project sets to uncover and share the hidden LGBTQ+ stories from Suffolk's history.
A collective of performance artists re-enacted Lady Malcolm’s Servants’ Ball; a firm fixture of the queer scene in London almost a century ago.
Body Positive has recorded and digitised the memories of the LGBT+ community in Cheshire, saving their legacy for future generations.