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Since the idea of creating a Museum of Empire & Commonwealth first came about in 1986 support has emerged from a whole variety of sources. The Railway Heritage Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Clore/Duffield Foundation, the Headley Trust and the Overseas Service Pensioners' Association, to name but a few, have all greatly contributed to the success of the Museum. Individuals too have provided tremendous support, with our principal benefactor being Sir Jack Hayward.

With 16 permanent galleries, temporary exhibitions, schools' workshops, access to the archives, the library and the Commonwealth Institute's handling collections, our supporters guarantee public access to these terrific resources.

Becoming a Friend

Becoming a Friend gives you and your guest unlimited free access to the above resources while safeguarding them for future generations.

Become a Friend of the Museum and...

  • Gain free entry to the permanent galleries for you AND your guest all year round
  • Gain free entry to the temporary exhibitions for you AND your guest all year round
  • Receive Newsline, our Friends newsletter and other publications
  • Receive an invitation to our annual Friends day.
  • Receive advanced notice of special events and exhibitions, talks and lectures and much, much more!!!

There are 3different types of membership:

  Standard Friend: £25 per annum / £100 for 5 years
  Joint Friend: £40 per annum / £160 for 5 years based on 2 adults with a single mailing

  Family Membership: 2 adults @ £40 plus £5 per child

(Paying adult members ONLY may bring guests free of charge)


The Museum also has Donor Friends categories, who receive additional benefits in gratitude for increased support. For further information on how to be a Donor Friend please email friends@empiremuseum.co.uk

If you join our Friends scheme while at our Museum these benefits will take effect immediately and your entry fee will be reimbursed.

To join please download and print the forms below and send complete with payment to Rachel Alderson at the Museum. See contact details below . Alternatively, contact Rachel Alderson on 0117 925 4980 ext 219.

Friends Membership Form

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Give Membership as a Gift

Looking for the ideal Christmas gift for someone who has everything? Why not give Friends membership of the Museum. From Cabot to Commonwealth and spice routes to freedom fighters, The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum has something for everyone, and Friends get in free!.

Give membership as a gift this Christmas and the recipient will:

  • Gain free entry to the permanent galleries for you AND your guest all year round
  • Gain free entry to the temporary exhibitions for you AND your guest all year round
  • Receive Newsline, our Friends newsletter and other publications
  • Receive an invitation to our annual Friends day.
  • Receive advanced notice of special events and exhibitions, talks and lectures and much, much more!!!



    For further information on giving membership as a gift email friends@empiremuseum.co.uk


To join please download and print the forms below and send complete with payment to Rachel Alderson at the Museum. See contact details below. Alternatively, contact Rachel Alderson on 0117 925 4980 ext 219.

Friends Membership Form

Standing Order

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Corporate Membership Scheme

You can also support the Museum by becoming a Corporate Member. The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum actively encourages and seeks support from the Corporate Sector through its Corporate Membership Scheme. The cost of becoming a Corporate Member is £250.

Corporate Membership rewards financial help for the Museum with a range of benefits, including:

  •  Use of Museum Boardroom and Conference facilities
  •  Use of Museum space for Corporate functions at a reduced rate
  •  Free advertising in Museum publications
  •  Credit on the Museum Sponsor Board in the Reception Area
  •  Free invitation to Museum functions
  •  Advanced notice of lectures, activites and special exhibitions

For further details click here

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Donate online

Supporting the museum couldn't be simpler. If you have a credit card and would like to make a donation just click on the link below. Don't forget, if you are a UK tax payer you can gift aid your donation, allowing us to claim back the tax on your donation and making it more valuable overall for the Museum, its supporters and its visitors.

For further details click here

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Leave a gift in your Will

The Museum employs a number of different fundraising strategies and one which is of great importance to charities and which can generate a tremendous amount of donated income is that of legacy giving. For one of Britain's leading charities legacy giving is the second highest source of income after membership and it is our intention to match this!

An example of the benefit and importance to the Museum of legacy giving can be seen in the images on the right and below.

These photos, of a snipe shooting expedition in India, circa 1850 (see above), and of Mofussil and Bombay City Cricketers, Bombay Residency, 1881 (see below) are quite possibly the only of their kind and they were purchased by the Museum using funds raised from our legacy scheme. These photo are two in over 40, and a number of others in this particular collection are on display throughout the Museum. Through these photographs young people are able to gain a historical understanding of life in the empire during 19th Century while for others these pictures offer a chance to reflect in and share personal experiences of empire and Commonwealth.

The impact of remembering the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum in your Will cannot be overstated, nor the benefits underestimated. What better way of ensuring more than 500 years of British history are preserved for future generations and of leaving a lasting legacy for thousands of people to enjoy over the course of time?

Leaving a gift to the Museum in your Will is a tax-effiecient way of giving. The Muesum is a charity and therefore legacies and gifts are tax-free.

Leaving a legacy to the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum will:

  • Make a lasting contribution which will continue to work long after your death.
  • Support the preservation of our heritage for all.
  • Reflect your commitment to supporting the Museum for the benefit of all others.
  • Ensure that your life's wishes continue to be fulfilled after your death.
  • Support the conservation of our archives.
  • Ensure the growth and development of the Museum.

In recognition of your pledge the Museum would like to offer you a 'Behind the Scenes' tour as well as recording your name and a personally writen memorial in our Legacy Book.

Please consider remembering the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum in your Will.

There are several ways you can do this:

 

Cricket, Mofussil and Bombay City, Bombay Residency, 1881

 

  • Residual Bequest or Legacy
    This is when you bequeath the residue from your estate after all other bequests, costs etc. have been deducted
  • Pecuniary Bequest or Legacy
    This is when you want to leave a specific sum to us.
  • A Percentage of your Estate
    For example, if you were to specify that you wished to leave a gift of 5% of the value of your estate, his would provide a gift of £1,000 on an esate of £20,000.
  • Codicil
    If you already have a Will there is no need to rewrite or amend it to add the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum as a beneficiary of hat Will. You can simple add a Codicil, and you can obtain one of these from the Museum or from your solicitor.

For further information on how you can leave a tax-free gift to the Museum in your Will and add a lasting value to your life's work please contact Rachel Alderson at the Museum.

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For further details on any of the above please contact:

Rachel Alderson
The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum
Clock Tower Yard
Temple Meads
Bristol BS1 6QH

Telephone: 0117 925 4980
Fax: 0117 925 4983
Email: rachel.alderson@empiremuseum.co.uk

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Volunteering

The Museum welcomes volunteers in the following areas:

  • Volunteers with an interest in the history of the British Empire and Commonwealth
  • Those with experience in either cataloguing, dealing with photographic and film archives or general administrative duties
  • Volunteers available to work during office hours
  • Volunteers from all sections of the community

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact:

Volunteers
The British Empire & Commonwealth Museum
Clock Tower Yard
Temple Meads
Bristol BS1 6QH

Telephone: 0117 925 4980
Fax: 0117 925 4983
Email: admin@empiremuseum.co.uk

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