Hadrian's Wall

The Once and Future Fund

English Heritage looks after more than 250 free heritage sites across the country, spanning 6,000 years of England's history.


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The Iron Bridge

No other organisation is responsible for the conservation and interpretation of such a large, important and varied portfolio of historic properties that are free to visit and enjoy.

From the Iron Bridge in Shropshire to the miles of castles, turrets and temples on Hadrian's Wall, these local treasures make an important contribution to people's quality of life, their sense of identity, and to successful, positive communities.

Shap Abbey

As guardians of some of England's most cherished sites and artefacts, it is our responsibility to care for them, so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. Recent work undertaken at free sites includes the conservation of Shap Abbey, renewed interpretation at all free sites, an immersive echoscape of Maiden Castle, and our largest conservation endeavour to date - Project Iron Bridge.


The Once and Future Fund will enable us to build and invest a £2 million endowment, the income from which will help towards conserving and revitalising these unique places, catalysing local educational activities and community events, and engaging more volunteers.

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded English Heritage £1 million seed funding towards building this endowment fund, on condition that we raise a further £1 million from philanthropic donations by July 2021.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, but we need your help. A gift to The Once and Future Fund will be worth double thanks to the HLF's generosity. And you will be playing an integral role in securing the future of more than 250 historic sites.

We would be delighted to discuss how your support could make a difference. Please contact us on the details at the end of this page to find out more.

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The Once and Future Fund is supported by a Heritage Endowment grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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