Your support

These are your collections, your museums and your archives and they need your support.  How can you help?

We’re here to inspire people to enjoy and learn from the city’s collections and the stories they tell about Bristol and the world. We care for and develop these amazing collections, museums and archives not only for you and your family today, but also for future generations.

We need your support – we’d love if you could get involved. Here are just a few of the rewarding ways in which you, or your organisation, can make a difference.

Bring back The Rialto Bridge to Bristol by supporting our painting conservation appeal

rialto_bridge_painting_Marieschi_conservationDid you know that Bristol has its own version of one of Venice’s most iconic landmarks, the Rialto Bridge, in the form of a wonderful painting by the 18th century Italian artist, Michele Marieschi? You’d easily be forgiven for not knowing, as this beautiful painting can’t currently be displayed because of its deteriorating condition. It is in urgent need of some dedicated conservation work.

We need to raise £5,000 to fully conserve this important work. Conservation will return this painting as near as possible to its original appearance, bringing back its vibrancy for all our visitors to Bristol Museum & Art Gallery to appreciate and enjoy.

£3,356 has been raised so far – a further £1,644 is required to start the highly skilled conservation work. Can you help? All gifts make a difference:

  • £12 could pay for quarter of an hour of delicate cleaning of the paint surface
  • £25 could pay for half an hour of repair work to the flaking paint
  • £50 could pay for an hour of strip lining to the back of the canvas to strengthen it
  • £100 could pay for a square foot of museum quality glazing to protect the painting

Read more about the painting, the artist and the conservation work needed on our blog.

If you’d like to help, please make your donation now

Simply follow the purple button below – it will take you to our ‘MyDonate’ page – and the rest couldn’t be easier. And please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation; it means every pound given goes further by an extra 25p! Thank you ever so much.

Join the Friends

Both our Friends groups, The Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and The Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives have given vital and substantial support for acquisitions, conservation work, exhibitions and refurbishment projects over the years. Each group runs a packed programme of engaging events, talks and trips so whatever your interest there’s bound to be something for you.  If you join both groups, your diary will never be empty!

Involve your company

We believe that your business can play a powerful role in fostering local pride and confidence through association with us. Our Corporate Supporters scheme offers unique opportunities for corporate hospitality and enhancing employee benefits. Through our tailored sponsorship packages you can support an exhibition, event or educational programme, offering your company enhanced visibility and brand awareness opportunities to suit your marketing, PR and CSR needs at a local, national and international level.

Get in touch. We’d love to hear from you. Please call our Head of Development, Valerie Harland, on 0117 922 3576 or contact us.

We are fortunate to have good company, and wish to thank our current Corporate Supporters: