The generous support of charitable trusts and foundations helps to make many of our projects possible. Find out how grants enable us to conserve and restore the historic sites in our care, and help more people experience the story of England where it really happened.
As a charity we rely on the support of charitable trusts and foundations to help care for our sites and open them to as many people as possible. Grants enable us to complete vital conservation work, run education and training programmes, make sites more accessible and involve more people in volunteering and events.
Caring for historic places and their collections for the benefit of this and future generations is the cornerstone of everything we do. If you would like to support English Heritage through a grant, we would love to discuss this with you.
We would like to sincerely thank all of our current supporters. Your generosity makes a significant difference to our work.
Support our current projects
Henrietta Howard, a remarkable woman, overcame personal adversity to build an oustanding 18th-century house and garden at Marble Hill. English Heritage will rejuvenate her creation, restoring the house and gardens and transforming the landscape into a vibrant public park, enabling everyone to experience the pleasure Henrietta and her circle found there.Marble Hill House
Rediscovering Walmer Pleasure Grounds
This project will restore the lost gardens of Walmer Castle, revealing a hidden period of its history. English Heritage will bring the Pleasure Grounds to life and transform them into an exciting and inspiring outdoor feature of the Castle. The historic Glen will be opened up for the first time in a century, restored and improved as a hub of community activity.Walmer Castle and Gardens
Past grant support
Support from charitable trusts and foundations, and statutory funders, has enabled us to deliver innovative and engaging projects at the sites in our care. Below are just a few example of how our supporters have made a lasting impact.
Rievaulx Abbey was one of England's most powerful Cistercian monasteries. In 2015, new interpretation was introduced across the whole site, including an inspiring new Visitor's Centre and museum to display the abbey's monastic collection.
Support from The Sylvia and Colin Shepherd Charitable Trust, the Sir George Martin Trust and the Tinsley Charitable Trust enabled new interpretation material to be introduced, including a new Family Trail.Find out more
Conscientious Objectors at Richmond Castle
The cell block at Richmond Castle, Yorkshire, contains graffiti left by nearly a century’s worth of inhabitants, the most famous being that left by the absolutest conscientious objectors during the First World War. But the graffiti are fragile – they line the walls of a 19th-century building that wasn’t designed to last.
Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are embarking on a major conservation programme to protect the cell block for the future. A new community engagement programme has also been introduced with numerous volunteering opportunities.Find out more
Wrest Park is one of the few places in the world where you can see the evolution of landscape gardening over the last 300 years. In 2011, a new Sculpture Gallery was formed in the Wrest Park Dairy, made possible by support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
In 2015, The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust and The Steel Charitable Trust supported the restoration of the 18th-century North East Great Garden, bringing to life a key part of the magnificent gardens. The site has been transformed, with new walkways, stunning gardens and improved interpretation.Find out more