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National Heritage Memorial Fund

2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Over the last three decades the Fund has safeguarded over 1,200 iconic heritage treasures for the nation including The Flying Scotsman, Henry the VIII's flagship, Mary Rose, Turner's The Blue Rigi and most recently the Staffordshire Hoard. Set up in 1980, the Fund provides grants to help acquire the UK's most precious heritage at risk of loss as a living memorial to those who have given their lives in service to the country. Over the last thirty years it has awarded more than £298 million to help build and protect an outstanding national collection ranging from historic houses, monuments and works of art to industrial and maritime heritage and iconic landscapes.

National Heritage Memorial Fund

The National Heritage Memorial Fund has been vital in enabling the Gallery to acquire many portraits of outstanding significance since 1984:


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Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
attributed to Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1532-1533
NPG 6310

Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex
studio of Hans Holbein the Younger
circa 1537
NPG 6311

Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk
by Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist
NPG 6676

John Donne
by Unknown English artist
circa 1595
NPG 6790

Karl Friedrich Abel
by Thomas Gainsborough
circa 1765
NPG 5947

Sir Joseph Banks, Bt
by Sir Joshua Reynolds
NPG 5868

Mary Wilkes; John Wilkes
by Johan Joseph Zoffany
exhibited 1782
NPG 6133

Alice Liddell
by Unknown photographer
circa 1880
NPG P991(13)

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