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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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.

Discover 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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Become a Patron of Bristol Museums

The generosity of Bristol Museums’ Patrons means that we can continue to support our learning and exhibition programmes and help to conserve and research our unique collections. Thank you.

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

  • Invitations for you and a guest to our exhibition Private Views
  • Curator-led behind the scenes tours
  • A breakfast with tour
  • Summer Party
  • Subscription to our newsletter
  • Acknowledgement on Bristol Museums’ website (optional) 

Individual Patron £500 – To become an Individual Patron, we request that you kindly make a minimum charitable gift to Bristol Museums Development Trust of £500.

Joint Patrons £750 – This is for two people at the same address, who will receive one copy of our postal information. For Gift Aid purposes, your £750 contribution consists of two parts: a subscription fee to cover the taxable benefits, worth £50, and a £700 donation which is eligible for Gift Aid. This can be paid as one sum, unless you are paying from a CAF or charitable trust account. In which case please send a personal cheque for the £50 subscription and a CAF or charitable cheque payment for your £700 donation.

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Please note that for the purpose of calculating Gift Aid and VAT, Bristol Museums Development Trust is required to declare the commercial value of the benefits offered to Joint Patrons. The Gift Aid we receive from eligible donations enables us to better care for, and share as widely as possible, our world class collections. For this reason we request that you kindly make the suggested donation of £700.

To inquire about becoming a Patron today, please contact Katie Lee on 0117 352 5568 or

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

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, please contact Caroline Booth Morris, our Corporate Partnerships Manager or 0117 922 3576.

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