Your support

Whether you love our stuffed animals, glittering rocks, boats, trains and cranes, or are inspired by our old masters, mummies, historic houses or archives, please show you care by making a donation to Bristol Museums Development Trust (registered charity number 1137777).

Your support will help us care for more of the treasures in our collection and give access to academic research to unlock data that can tell us more about the world we live in today.

Simply click the button below to be taken to our secure payment pages. And please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation so that for every £1 you give we receive 25p extra. Thank you so much!

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Join our Patron Circle

If you would like to develop a closer relationship with Bristol Museums, our expert curators and museum staff, and expand your knowledge of our collections, our Patron Circle provides an engaging and rewarding way to support us.

The generosity of Bristol Museums’ Patrons means that we can continue to support our education, community engagement and exhibition programmes and help to conserve and research our unique collections.

On joining our Patron Circle, you will enjoy an annual programme of benefits:

  • Invitations for you and a guest to our exclusive exhibition Private View evening receptions (up to six exhibitions each year)
  • Curator-led behind the scenes tours of our studios and collections
  • Annual breakfast tour of our collections and heritage sites
  • Summer Party at our beautiful historic venues
  • Subscription to our newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on Bristol Museums’ website (optional)

Annual Individual Patron £500
Annual Joint Patrons £750

With thanks to our current Patrons:

Mike and Anne Beesley
Chris Booy OBE
Ms Gabby Chelmicka and Mr Dave Bracey
Jerry Cowhig
Rodney Grey
Dr and Mrs R McKinlay
Terence and Julia Mordaunt
Anna Southall
Guy and Gill Stobart
Our anonymous patrons

Become a member of our Patron Circle (PDF)

Sign up to our newsletter, Treasure

Would you like to read about behind the scenes activity undertaken by our curators, conservators, and other specialist staff? Through Treasure, the free twice-yearly newsletter from Bristol Museums Development Trust you can discover how your support could help unlock more of the treasures cared for by Bristol Museums and Archives.

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About Bristol Museums Development Trust 

Bristol Museums Development Trust logoSet up in 2008 to support M Shed’s development, today this independent charity raises funds for all visitor sites and museums, the collections, learning and many other activities undertaken by Bristol Museums and Archives.

Join the Friends

The Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives gives vital and substantial support for acquisitions, conservation work, exhibitions and refurbishment projects. They run a packed programme of engaging events, talks and trips so whatever your interest there’s bound to be something for you. Your diary will never be empty!

Involve your company

Our corporate membership and sponsorship packages offer your company unique opportunities for corporate hospitality, team building benefits and increasing brand awareness. The variety of our exhibitions and events means our sponsorship packages can suit a variety of marketing, PR and CSR needs at local, national and international levels.

Annual corporate membership will give you a host of opportunities to bring clients and staff to prestigious events and on bespoke behind the scenes tours. For a no obligation meeting to discover more about what have to offer, please contact Caroline Booth Morris, our Corporate Partnerships Manager caroline.booth-morris@bristol.gov.uk or 0117 922 3576.

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