25 years: our advent calendar

To celebrate 25 years of National Lottery funding for heritage, we’re delving into our archive this festive season to look at some of the many inspiring projects over the years.
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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. 

Collections in the V&A
Treasures in the V&A


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.  

Our support for the V&A didn't stop there. In recent years, we have also funded the museum’s Exhibition Road projectLGBT+ collection tours and the V&A Dundee

10 December

Wedgwood Museum, Stoke-on-Trent, 2004

9 December

Royal Festival Hall, London, 2003    

8 December

Stowe House, Buckinghamshire, 2002

7 December

Imperial War Museum, AirSpace, Duxford, 2001   

6 December

SS Great Britain, Bristol, 2000

5 December

Newsplan, UK-wide, 1999

4 December

Cardiff Castle, Cardiff, 1998

3 December

British Museum, London, 1997   

2 December

Lister Park, Bradford, 1996

1 December

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.

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