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.
Disability History Month: recognising access in its many forms
My School My Planet: Increasing wellbeing through outdoor education
Learning Through Landscapes is supporting schools during the COVID-19 crisis by engaging pupils with nature.
Celebrating rebellious women's voices in South West England
Dreadnought South West collected untold stories about women and girls to inspire and educate communities in South West England.
Disability History Month: changing attitudes
Sensing the Wild: going for independence
Through their Sensing the Wild project, Going for Independence CIC alongside Wildlife Trust experts aimed to help visually impaired people explore the nature on their doorsteps.
Opening up the story of Northern Ireland's railways to everyone
Disability charity Destined Ltd are improving access to the Foyle Valley Railway Museum.
Learning Together: making collections accessible through multi-sensory stories
The stories behind exhibits at four of Scotland’s leading heritage attractions are being brought to life for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities.
Digitising the legacy of disability champion Leonard Cheshire
256 sound tapes that record the memories of people who have lived, worked and volunteered at Leonard Cheshire Disability since the 1950s will be preserved and made available to the public.
Black History Month: in conversation with Race Council Cymru founder, Uzo Iwobi OBE
Black History Month: breaking down barriers to nature for young Black people
Black History Month: mental health and wellbeing for black workers in heritage