Legacies with a lasting impact

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Kathryn in the Walker Art Gallery This March is Free Wills Month which urges people to make or update their wills. Emma Gilbertson, our Fundraising and Events Officer explores the impact of legacies at National Museums Liverpool. "Have you made a will? Perhaps like many of us, you have thought about it, but never seem to actually get around to doing it. Part of my role  involves administering legacies left to National Museums Liverpool. Legacies left to National Museums Liverpool can have a lasting impact, and the generosity of people never fails to surprise me. Painting of Emma Holt Emma Holt by Percy Bigland Over the years, National Museums Liverpool has benefitted greatly from people choosing to leave gifts in their wills. In fact, the origins of World Museum are rooted in the natural history collection bequeathed the town of Liverpool by the 13th Earl of Derby when he died in 1851. Similarly, Sudley House and its former owner George Holt’s wonderful collection of paintings were left to the city by his daughter Emma on her death in 1944. It is easy to see that without the kindness and generosity of historical legacies, the present day National Museums Liverpool would look very different. Legacy gifts still help us today. Whether they are left for a specific purpose, such as education or object conservation, or to support a particular museum or art gallery, legacies help us to continue our diverse range of work and care for our collections for future generations. We recently received a significant bequest to our wonderful House of Memories dementia programme. This has been used to help fund Buddy days which provide training for family members, friends and volunteer carers touched by dementia. Through programmes like House of Memories, legacies to National Museums Liverpool can help change countless lives. Kathryn, pictured above at the Walker Art Gallery, has decided to leave a gift in her will to National Museums Liverpool because of her passion for medieval art and it's inspiring to hear her talk about why she has decided to leave a gift in her will. No matter the size of the legacy, they are always hugely appreciated and valued by us. Find out more about leaving a gift in your will to National Museums Liverpool or if you would like to discuss the matter you can contact me, Emma Gilbertson on 0151 478 4995 or by emailing development@liverpoolmuseums.org.uk. All enquiries are treated in the strictest confidence."