Heritage can be so many things – memories, archives, parks, museums, landscapes, culture... This month we present just a small selection of some fantastic projects supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund over the past 25 years.
We'll be sharing a different project on each day of advent, running through each year of our 25-year history. Head to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see more using #NationalLottery25 #AdventCalendar.
10 December – The Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-On-Trent, 2004
In 2005 we granted nearly £10million to the V&A Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.
The 10 galleries, occupying an entire wing of the museum, house one of the world’s most remarkable collections from the period. Treasures include the Becket Casket, Gothic altarpieces and the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci.
For the first time, the galleries presented these collections in continuous displays to tell the story of European art and design from the fall of the Roman Empire to the end of the Renaissance period. The V&A displayed more than 1800 objects from the period 300 to 1600.
Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, 2004
Royal Festival Hall, London, 2003
Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, 2002
Imperial War Museum, AirSpace, Duxford, 2001
SS Great Britain, Bristol, 2000
Newsplan, UK-wide, 1999
Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, 1998
British Museum, London, 1997
Lister Park, Bradford, 1996
Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1995
25 years of funding for heritage
Over the past 25 years, The National Lottery Heritage Fund has been the largest dedicated grant funder of the UK’s heritage. We’ve awarded £8bn to more than 44,000 projects across the UK.