Thinking about conservation

  • Posted on: Mon, 2016-08-15 13:28
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HLF defines heritage as something from the past that we value and want to pass on to future generations. This can include historic buildings and townscapes; archaeological sites; collections of items, archives or other materials; natural and designed landscapes; habitats and species; and sites and collections linked to our industrial, maritime and transport history. The process of caring for these items is called conservation. Conservation involves looking after heritage in a way that makes sure it remains, relevant, accessible and in good condition.

Useful for…

Anyone with a project that involves looking after the heritage. This is likely to include the majority of applications for a Heritage Grant (over £100,000), or for one of our targeted programmes - Townscape Heritage Initiative, Parks for People, Landscape Partnerships and Repair Grants for Places of Worship.


  1. Introduction 
  2. Our aims 
  3. What do we mean by conservation? 
  4. What we can fund 
  5. New work at heritage sites 
  6. Heritage impact assessment 
  7. Quality in conservation projects 
  8. Conservation and the law 
  9. Heritage and climate change 
  10. Management planning 
  11. Conservation surveys, investigation and analysis 
  12. Planning activities in conservation projects 
  13. Applications from non-heritage organisations in historic buildings 
  14. What does HLF look for in a conservation project? 
  15. Sources of advice and information 
  16. Definitions 
  17. Appendix
  18. Our grant programmes
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