That's why we make it mandatory that all of the projects we fund ensure a wider range of people are involved in heritage.
Over the past 26 years we've invested over £7.5million across the UK in sharing stories of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and others) heritage, creativity, activism and much more.
Here are some of the inspirational LGBT+ heritage projects we've been proud to fund. And if you've got an idea for a project, we'd love to hear from you.
The terms we use
At The National Lottery Heritage Fund, we use the acronym 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.
LGBT+ History Month: A space in the archives
Hands on Heritage: youngsters research the LGBT+ past of Wales
The Hands on Heritage project at Amgueddfa Cymru–National Museum Wales’ enabled young people from diverse backgrounds to have an impact on the collections.
Follow in the footsteps of ‘Gentleman Jack’ in Edinburgh
Celebrating LGBT+ history in Llanelli
Llanelli LGBTQ+ Support have held events and activities to recognise and share the rich heritage of the town's LGBT+ community.
Here Me out: exploring Dundee’s young LGBTQ+ heritage
Youth dance organisation, Shaper/Caper is exploring the LGBTQ+ heritage and culture of Dundee in an oral history project, Here Me Out.
Beyond the Binary: Queering collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum
The University of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum has collaborated with partners to reinterpret its collections from an LGBT+ perspective.
Pride in Suffolk’s Past: Sharing LGBTQ+ stories past and present
Suffolk Archives' latest project sets to uncover and share the hidden LGBTQ+ stories from Suffolk's history.
Lady Malcolm's Servants' Ball: reviving London's 1920s & 1930s queer scene
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.
Celebrating Cheshire's LGBT History
Body Positive has recorded and digitised the memories of the LGBT+ community in Cheshire, saving their legacy for future generations.
The search is on for the 2021 Sustainable Project of the Year
LGBT+ History Month: Conserving stories of Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ heritage