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 donation 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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How your donation helps

Photo of Henbury steam train


Your £5 could help pay for new boiler tube for M Shed’s Harbour Railway locomotives Henbury and Portbury



Photo of a curator cleaning a rock


Your £10 could help pay for hand lenses for studying fossils, rock and minerals, for anyone from school students to PhD researchers



Photo of an artwork on paper


Your £15 could help pay for vulcanised smoke sponges for cleaning drawings, watercolours and other works on paper



Photo of a woman cleaning a painting


Your £25 could help pay for paint brushes and pigments for carefully retouching paintings, bringing them back to life



Photo of pictures in wooden frames for conservation


Your £50 could help pay for plastazote, a specialist cushioning foam to protect precious artefacts during conservation


Discover 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 will discover how your support could help unlock more of the treasures cared for by Bristol Museums & Archives.

Sign up by emailing your full name, postal address (and telephone number if you wish) to our Head of Development, Valerie Harland on, with Treasure Sign Up in the subject line. Your personal data will be held securely by Bristol Museums Development Trust and Bristol Culture under the Data Protection Act.

Bristol Museums Development Trust 

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

Join the Friends

Both  The Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and The Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives give vital and substantial support for acquisitions, conservation work, exhibitions and refurbishment projects. 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

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. And 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, contact Development Manager Katie Lee or call 0117 352 5568.

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