Are you surrounded by a possible source of income which you hadn’t even realised?

Heritage assets such as ancient buildings, or a site which played a key part in history, could attract public grant funding; and provide a valuable ongoing source of income.

Perhaps you may have a barn or outbuildings that could be developed into holiday lets; or they could provide a great location for a micro-brewery, a livery business, or possibly premises for traditional craft workers such as blacksmiths and basket weavers.

Lambert’s Farm in Norfolk is just one site which is converting redundant farm buildings to provide DIY livery stabling for up to 14 horses; all thanks to funding from the LEADER programme.

Alternatively, you may have a building once used by the village community as for example, storage during the harvest, or a site for village festivals and celebrations?  Or perhaps you have land which was the site for an historic battle, or used in World War 2. By opening these buildings and sites to tourists you could:

  • attract funding
  • provide a fascinating insight into rural history and heritage for visitors
  • generate income


There are various sources of investment which could be explored. This includes EU LEADER grants for tourism related activities and the Heritage Lottery Fund, which funds a range of projects that make a lasting difference to people, heritage and communities.

With a creative approach, advice and support, you could turn history into future funding.

Tim Heathcote and Mike Appleyard


To find out how ARC can help you develop your heritage assets, click here