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Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund was founded in 1994. The Fund uses money from the National Lottery and gives grants to support a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom, enabling us to celebrate, look after and learn more about our diverse heritage. From great museums and historic buildings to local parks, or recording and celebrating traditions and customs, HLF grants open up the nation's heritage for everyone to enjoy.

The Heritage Lottery Fund's support has been essential to a number of major projects at the National Portrait Gallery:

  • the Ondaatje Wing which opened in May 2000
  • the Regency in the Weldon Galleries, opened May 2003
  • the complete refurbishment of the Gallery's displays at Bodelwyddan Castle in 2003
  • the complete refurbishment of the Gallery's displays at Beningbrough Hall in 2006

Heritage Lottery Fund

The Heritage Lottery Fund has also the enabled the Gallery to acquire several portraits of outstanding significance since 1996:


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King Charles II
by Unknown artist
NPG 6403

Horace Walpole
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
circa 1756-1757
NPG 6520

Mary Moser
by George Romney
circa 1770-1771
NPG 6641

Henry Fuseli
by Edward Hodges Baily
NPG 6376

Mary Seacole
by Albert Charles Challen
NPG 6856

Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
by Gerald Leslie Brockhurst
NPG 6416

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