National Lottery Heritage Fund

Remembering Jacob Rothschild, banker, collector, philanthropist, and a towering figure in the British art world

A scion of the famous banking dynasty, he led the National Gallery, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Waddesdon Manor

Shake-up announced for the UK’s £300m National Lottery Heritage Fund

New builds—inspired by the so-called ‘Bilbao effect’—will now be discouraged as the chair of the organisation, Simon Thurley, outlines a change of priorities in favour of long-term benefits

Gifted to the English city 80 years ago, Coventry's medieval Charterhouse will finally open to the public

After a £4.3m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and years of restoration, the historic priory is set to open this summer

Shutdown tests mettle of UK's last major bell foundry

Taylor’s in Loughborough faces uphill struggle in fundraising drive to restore decaying buildings and create new museum


Victorians in pictures: British Film Institute digitises archive of over 500 early silent films

Conservation experts carefully cleaned the fragile and flammable nitrate film so each frame could be individually scanned

V&A reapplies after lottery funding setback

Bid for Exhbition Road extension and underground gallery rejected

Tate Modern extension snubbed by Lottery Fund

The request was rejected as a 'low priority', with concerns about 'deliverability'

Three times lucky in Lottery funding as all applications awarded funds

The V&A, Museum of London, and National Museums of Scotland all get grants


The National Gallery purchases Raphael’s Madonna of the pinks: What we know

The Raphael was bought by the National Gallery for £22 million in February 2004

V&A drops Libeskind extension

£15 million Heritage Lottery Fund rejected

Libeskind extension turned down by Heritage Lottery Fund

The Victoria and Albert Museum is now likely to drop the £70 million project

V&A’s spiralling lottery hopes

£15 million bid submitted for 'Spiral' extension

National Trust's total cost of saving Tyntesfield may be £50 million

The Trust is applying for a further £20 million grant to set up an endowment

Tate director, Nicholas Serota: Recent art is patrimony too

Serota discusses export laws and what is truly significant to public collections

Beuys multiples acquired by National Galleries of Scotland

This important addition to Scottish collections includes nearly all of his best multiples


Tate forms partnerships with regional venues across Britain

An effort to increase the public's exposure to the National Collection

June 1999archive

Two mega-donations for London museum expansions

With £20 million each, plans progress for the British Museum Great Court and the V&A's spiral

V&A British Galleries delay

£12 million required to complete refurbishment project.

From the archive | When Jacob Rothschild spoke out about the challenges of running the Heritage Lottery Fund

Rothschild retired as the first chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund at the end of March 1998. In a rare interview, he described its relationship with government


The aspirations of Chris Smith, new Labour Secretary of State for National Heritage

Smith hopes for Britain to rejoin UNESCO, aiming divert Lottery funds to health and education

Lottery winners and losers. £150 million to make Britain’s museums and galleries into world leaders

But Victoria and Albert Museum’s £23m British Galleries project sent back to the drawing board


Important eighteenth-century and contemporary additions to Tate’s holdings

The works are from the Oppé collection and Janet Wolfson de Botton

The Westminster Retable: technically daring and now in danger

£250,000 needed to restore the greatest English medieval altarpiece

Chastleton goes into National Trust ownership

Jacobean Oxfordshire house purchased for £2 million