Lottery’s £200m places plan

A £200m scheme to “unlock” local heritage has been launched by the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NHLF).

Heritage Places, devised to “engage communities and develop partnerships which unlock possibilities from the heritage on their doorstep”, is part of the fund’s new ten-year strategy to increase the contribution local people can make to their historical environment.

There are to be 20 beneficiaries of the scheme, nine of which have been announced today: Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon (pictured); County Durham; Glasgow; Leicester; Medway; Neath Port Talbot; North East Lincolnshire; Stoke-on-Trent; and Torbay.

“For the last 30 years the Heritage Fund has invested in heritage, making better places for communities to live, work and visit. Our Heritage Places builds on this and is designed to support in challenging times, to achieve even greater impact, and commits our funding for the long-term” said NHLF CEO Eilish McGuinness.

“With the ten-year sustained investment offered by Heritage Places, the areas announced today can be sure that we will work with communities and partners to target place-based investment that boosts pride in place, connects communities with heritage, and takes confident strides forward using heritage as the foundation for change.”

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