Leave a Legacy

A Gift in Your Will

Help us Inspire, Engage and Educate in the Years to Come

Leaving a gift in your Will provides you with the opportunity to have a lasting connection with our museums and will have a long-term impact on the services we are able to offer. 

Birmingham is the UK’s youngest city, your gift will help us preserve its history for generations to come.

In recent years gifts in Wills have helped us to:
  • Conserve our renowned collection of works on paper, which includes the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite drawings and watercolours anywhere in the world;
  • Acquire objects and art works which help us to tell the story of Birmingham and its people;
  • Educate and engage people of all ages through innovative new exhibitions, displays and learning programmes.

Any gift to Birmingham Museums Trust will help us share stories about the city’s history and art.

We would welcome gifts worded in general terms, so that we can direct your donation to the area of greatest need. By having a conversation with us now, we can help to make sure that your wishes are followed.

You can leave a specific sum of money, known as a pecuniary gift, or a share in what’s left of your estate after your family and friends have been taken care of. The advantage of leaving a share of your estate, also known as residuary gift, is that it will not lose value over time.

Gifts of Objects

The collection cared for by Birmingham Museums Trust has been shaped throughout its history by generous gifts from supporters; nearly 25,000 items have been left as gifts in Wills. If you would like to leave a specific gift please let us know your intentions, so that we can confirm we are the appropriate custodians with the resources to care for it following your death.

In certain circumstances, pre-eminent objects can be left to the Museum under the Acceptance in Lieu Scheme, or gifted during your lifetime under the Cultural Gifts Scheme. Further information is available on request.

Writing Your Will

Writing a Will is simple to do, but we would always recommend that you seek advice from a qualified solicitor.

You can visit the Remember A Charity website to find a solicitor in your local area, who will be able to advise you on leaving gifts to charities when making a Will.

Inheritance Tax

Currently all legacies to charities are free from Inheritance Tax. However, leaving a gift to charity can make also financial sense, reducing the rate of Inheritance Tax payable on your estate in some cases.

In Memory Gifts

A gift in memory of a loved one is a meaningful way to support a cause that was important to them. By leaving a gift in your Will in their memory or donating during your lifetime, their love of art and heritage can help us to inspire the next generation.

Find out more

If you would like further information, or to discuss leaving a gift to Birmingham Museums in your Will download our A Gift in Your Will leaflet or contact  Rachel Cockett, Director of Development, to have an informal and confidential discussion about your wishes on 0121 348 8019 or development@birminghammuseums.org.uk

We are grateful to Tyndallwoods Solicitors for their help producing this legacy information.