We are a self-funding Independent Charity and our day-to-day running costs are funded largely by our visitors (admission revenue). 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.
The is currently fundraising for two fantastic appeals – please do help us in any way that you can.
£1 million Endowment Appeal
The Museum has a new £1 million Endowment Appeal, which will safeguard our fantastic historic buildings. The Museum has been very fortunate to secure an offer of match funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for ALL donations to support the conservation of our buildings through a new Museum Conservation Endowment Fund.
Thank You! We made it over the Line
Newdigate Bakehouse and Eastwick Park Dairy
The Museum is delighted to have reached our goal! Due to a generous legacy we have reached our goal. We still have some work to do but these two wonderful buildings will be completed in the coming two months.
The Bakehouse is partially open, when staffing allows, and there is freshly baked bread for our visitors to try. Do drop by when you next visit.
Many of our Annual Members and visitors may be unaware that the 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.
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.
It is very important to take independent professional advice when writing your Will.
Alternatively, please contact:
The Fundraising (Development) Manager
Weald & Downland Living Museum