Thinking about conservation
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.
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.
- Our aims
- What do we mean by conservation?
- What we can fund
- New work at heritage sites
- Heritage impact assessment
- Quality in conservation projects
- Conservation and the law
- Heritage and climate change
- Management planning
- Conservation surveys, investigation and analysis
- Planning activities in conservation projects
- Applications from non-heritage organisations in historic buildings
- What does HLF look for in a conservation project?
- Sources of advice and information
- Our grant programmes
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