We are a self-funding Independent Charity and our day-to-day running costs are funded largely by our visitors. Being Independent means that we are not in receipt of regular income from outside bodies such as local councils or central government. To undertake specific projects, such as the re-erection of a new exhibit building, we rely on fundraising initiatives including applications to Trusts and Foundations.

The Museum is not just about re-erecting exhibit buildings however: we need to continue to conserve, repair and safe-guard them for future generations and this is where we need your help.

If you would like to support our work with a donation please you can do so via our JustGiving web page. Alternatively you can download a donation form here.

If you are a UK taxpayer please do Gift Aid your donation as the scheme will increase the value of your contribution as the Museum can reclaim the tax (by 25p for every £1).


Many of our Annual Members and visitors may be unaware that the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum is a charity and that as a registered charity we can, and occasionally do, benefit from gifts in Wills. Legacies are a source of income upon which many charities depend but which are less common within the museum world. We are very grateful to those who have already chosen to support us in this way as each gift, whatever its size, helps ensure the future of this much-loved Museum.

Examples where legacies have made a significant difference include:

  • The restoration of St Margaret’s Mission Church from South Wonston was only made possible through a generous legacy from Mr Morris Heynes. Mr Heynes’ legacy also made a valuable contribution to the completion of the new Building Crafts Gallery.
  • Many other projects and programmes around the Museum can only be undertaken with the help of funding from legacies. We are very grateful for legacies recently received from Mr John Herniman, Miss Betty Gibbs and Miss Leslie Joan Greenhill. These gifts have supported research undertaken by Danae Tankard, our Museum Historian, and resulting from this Boarhunt Hall, Hangleton Cottage and Poplar Cottage have been furnished with several fine examples of reproduction furniture made by Roger Champion, our Master Carpenter turned volunteer post-retirement.

Planning your gift to the Museum
Such a gift is among the most far reaching and valuable contributions a supporter can make, directly benefiting future generations of Museum visitors. Making a legacy is simple and there are three ways in which you can do this:

  • A residual legacy in your Will is a share or percentage of your estate after all other gifts and debts have been paid.
  • A pecuniary or cash legacy in your Will is a fixed sum of money, the value of which may decrease over time.
  • A specific legacy in your Will is a particular asset such as property, shares or personal possessions.

Legal advice
It is very important to take independent professional advice when writing your Will. We can help with suggested wording, or with a codicil if you have already made a Will, please click here for a Legacy Form or click here for a Legacy Codicil Form. Alternatively, please contact: Martin Purslow, CEO, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, Chichester PO18 0EU. Telephone 01243 811363 or email [email protected].