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 initiative, 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.

Help us to complete two fantastic new exhibit buildings!

The Museum is delighted to have been awarded £224,500 from the DCMS/Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund as part of its £4 million grant for English Museums and Galleries. The funds have enabled us to begin an exciting project to reconstruct two significant historic buildings – the Newdigate Bakehouse and Eastwick Park Dairy – here at the Museum! Once re-erected, they will be used to showcase heritage food production for our visitors.

Find out more and donate here.

£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.

Find out more and donate 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. 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. 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:

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

Telephone 01243 811041 or email [email protected].