Investing in LGBTQ+ heritage

Heritage has a crucial role to play in contributing to a flourishing, more equitable and inclusive society.

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 LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other identities) heritage, creativity, activism and much more.

Here are some of the inspirational LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer). The ‘+’ represents people who identify as non-binary, 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.

Inside the pop-up museum
Inside the pop-up museum


Are You Here. A pop-up museum of LGBT history

This project established a pop-up museum of LGBT+ history, curated by young people that celebrates four decades (1976-2016) across Merseyside.

Alan Turing documents go on display


Pride in the Past

Pride in the Past explores and celebrates the LGBT+ heritage and archaeology of the city of Chester.

Documents about Manchesters LGBT heritage
Documents from the From Queer to Eternity project


From Queer to Eternity

Awareness of Greater Manchester's LGBT+ heritage was raised through participation and learning events with communities across the county.

Woman with rainbow flag at Chester Pride


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.

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