Interest in local history has grown enormously in recent years, with individuals and communities keen to investigate their heritage. Find our more about where you live. Visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/localhistory/guide/ for sources of information and suggested reading.
Below are details of grant schemes which are available for heritage-related projects. Find out more at www.awardsforall.org.uk and www.hlf.org.uk.
Awards For All (£300 - £10,000 in England, £500 - £10,000 in Scotland and Northern Ireland, £500 - £5,000 in Wales)
If you are a local group and you need a small grant then Awards for All may be able to help you.
Your Heritage (£3,000 to £50,000)
Your Heritage provides grants of between £3,000 and £50,000 to support community-focused heritage projects.
Heritage Grants (£50,000 plus)
This programme offers grants of £50,000 or more. Projects should look after and enhance the UK's heritage; increase involvement in heritage activities; and improve access to and enjoyment of heritage.
Repair Grants for Places of Worship (£10,000 to £250,000 in England and Scotland, £10,000 to £100,000 in Northern Ireland and Wales)
This programme is designed to help conserve and sustain heritage at risk, through urgent repairs to places of worship. The UK-wide scheme is delivered through four programmes in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Townscape Heritage Initiative (£500,000 to £2 million)
Through our Townscape Heritage Initiative, we make grants that help communities to regenerate Conservation Areas of their towns and cities.
Parks for People (£250,000 and £5million)
This three-year joint initiative between Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) helps with the restoration and regeneration of public parks and gardens, including squares, walks and promenades in England.
Landscape Partnerships (£250,000 to £2 million)
This initiative enables partnerships representing a range of heritage and community interests to tackle the needs of landscapes, whose various elements may be in different ownership.
Young Roots (£3,000 to £25,000)
Young Roots offers grants of between £3,000 and £25,000. The scheme aims to involve 13-20 year-olds (up to 25 for those with special needs) in finding out about their heritage, developing skills, building confidence and promoting community involvement.
Skills for the Future (£100,000 to £1 million)
Skills for the Future funded projects provide paid training placements to meet a skills gap in the heritage sector, and fully support trainees to learn practical skills.
Follow the Basingstoke Town Trail and discover more about the town's history, from Domesday through to the modern day.
This is a self-guided walk of the town centre, starting in Basingstoke’s 800-year old Market Place. The full walk lasts approximately 90 minutes, although this can be followed in smaller sections.
For more information on the town trail, including a map, please see the PDF document available for download at the bottom of this page. Alternatively, paper copies of the walk are available from the Willis Museum, the Tourist Information Centre and the Council Offices.