Leaving a lasting legacy

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Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 - 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery Inspiring future generations in the British Art 1880 - 1950 gallery at the Walker Art Gallery

This week (7 – 13 September) is Remember a Charity Week, an annual awareness week designed to encourage more people to consider leaving a gift to a charity when writing a Will. Although it’s not an easy topic to discuss, leaving a lasting legacy can really make a difference.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) recently stated that: “Legacy giving is fundamental to the future of the cultural sector. Charitable legacies are the foundation for many good causes in the UK and are vital in continuing this work.”

Here at National Museums Liverpool, we have benefited greatly from this type of gift. The Molly Tomlinson Bequest Fund has left a truly lasting legacy by helping to fund a number of our projects, including the International Slavery Museum, development work at the Walker Art Gallery (notably the British Art 1880 – 1950 gallery) work at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, and Egyptian displays at World Museum. The Bequest has also been of great value as initial funding for projects, against which we could then raise other funding.

The Campaign Zone at the International Slavery Museum copyright Mark McNulty The Campaign Zone at the International Slavery Museum copyright Mark McNulty

It doesn’t matter how large or small a gift is, it all contributes to making a real difference to the organisation; helping us inspire future generations and supporting work where we need it most. Kathryn Hill, a member of the public who has chosen to leave National Museums Liverpool a gift in her Will, said: “I want my legacy to keep alive some of the things I am passionate about.”

If you would like to find out more about Kathryn’s story, and the value of legacy giving to National Museums Liverpool, click here.