Aerial shot of The Weald and Downland Living Museum



2020 marks our Golden Anniversary. As we celebrate, we are looking to the next 50 years.

The campaign will propel us into our next half century. It will enrich the visitor experience, improve visitor facilities and underpin the protection of the buildings and artefacts in our care. It is a milestone moment for the Museum and we invite you to be part of it.

The Golden Future Campaign.
Be part of something historic.

YOUR donation, no matter how big or small, will make a real difference for us, for our visitors, old and new, for now and the future. Thank you!

You can help us achieve our £2 million goal towards our Golden Future Campaign and its four key pillars:

  • Access

To improve; physical access, health & well being, comfort and information across our site.

Donate to the ‘Access’ appeal

  • Titchfield Market Hall

One of the Museum’s most iconic buildings, in need of conservative work.

Donate to ‘Titchfield Market Hall’ appeal

  • Endowment

The Museum has a  £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.

Donate to our ‘Endowment’ appeal.

  • The 50 Fund

To enable us to respond confidently to unexpected repairs.

Donate to our ’50 Fund’

Alternatively, you can make a general donation, which is unrestricted funds for the Museum to use as necessary – General donations click here.


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.  Recent Legacies have enabled us to:

  • Fund the completion of the Bakehouse and Dairy
  • Fund research into Titchfield Market Hall ready for a large conservation project
  • Enabled the Museum to progress the construction of our new site maintenance workshop and office. The project has already been part funded by a Trust. It will make a real difference to how we maintain and care for the site on which the Museum sits.

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.

Legal advice
It is very important to take independent professional advice when writing your Will.

Alternatively, please contact:

The Fundraising (Development) Manager
Weald & Downland Living Museum
West Sussex
PO18 0EU

Telephone 01243 811041 or email [email protected] or [email protected].