What would you leave to Liverpool?

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Paintings conservator at work in the studio Paintings conservator at work Remember A Charity Week is fast approaching (12-18 September) and it has got me thinking about what I’d like my legacy to be. I’ve blogged previously about some of the legacies which have helped make National Museums Liverpool what it is today, including the generous donation of Sudley House to the city of Liverpool by Emma Holt.  National Museums Liverpool is now a member of Legacy Liverpool, a group of local charities raising awareness to encourage people to leave a gift in their will to charities and voluntary organisations across Liverpool and Merseyside. Legacies, or gifts in wills, are vitally important to us. They help to ensure that our collections are preserved for the future, and that we can continue to make a real difference to the local community through our education and outreach work. So what difference could we make for the future, for the generations of visitors to come? While many of us would not be able to give something as large as a building, gifts of all sizes can have a huge impact. For example, a legacy could support:
  • the conservation of objects or artworks that are important to you
  • the development of your favourite museum or gallery
  • our House of Memories dementia training programme
  • our education programmes.
A group of delegates watching a man present House of Memories training at the Museum of Liverpool If you are planning to visit the Museum of Liverpool, from 9 September we will have a wishing tree on display where you can add your legacy wish for Liverpool. Do check it out, add your thoughts to a tag, and see what others have to say about what they would leave to the city. I’m intrigued to see what our visitors have to say! On Tuesday 13 September, I will be taking part in a special event hosted by Legacy Liverpool at Liverpool Central Library. There will be talks from Liverpool historian Ken Pye, along with free will advisory clinics. The drop-in event runs from 10am-4pm, with talks at 11am and 1pm. *12/09/2016 update - Unfortunately, the event at Liverpool Central Library  on 13 September has now been cancelled. It will be rearranged at a later date. * You can 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.