Museums, libraries and archives
Through objects, collections, film, documents and oral histories they help to give us a sense of place and identity.
Thanks to National Lottery players, since 1994 we have awarded over £2.3billion to 5,800 museum, library, archive and collection-based projects across the UK.
What do we support?
Our funding supports institutions large and small, including:
- national and local authority museums, libraries and archives
- historic libraries
- community archives
- institutions with heritage collections
Our funding could help people:
- create exciting new exhibition and learning spaces
- attract more diverse audiences
- interpret and open up acquisitions
- develop collections
For more inspiration, see the stories below or browse projects we've funded.
How to get funding
Our National Lottery Grants for Heritage programme is open for applications.
Hundreds of volunteers are helping children’s charity Coram digitise and share its historic archive online.
This innovative project explored ways to enable blind and partially sighted people to access the Edinburgh College of Art’s historic textile collection, which spans over three centuries.
Our funding has enabled the museum to move into a Victorian custody block, the last of its kind in the country.
A programme of museum residencies for women will offer upskilling opportunities and improve inclusivity in the heritage sector.
This bold heritage-led regeneration project aims to create inspiring experiences and learnings on faith for visitors to County Durham.
10 accessible gallery spaces boasting the work of pioneering Scottish artists have transformed visitors’ experience of the national collection.
The Room to Grow project has transformed the former Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum into a new and engaging space for all.
This project will restore the former headquarters of the African National Congress at 28 Penton Street, London, creating a new centre to share the stories of South Africa's liberation.