Creating Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset will cost £14.9 million. Through the Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery players are supporting the project with a grant of over £11.34m. We have already raised £2.3m from Trusts and Foundations, local authorities and generous individual donors. We need your help to raise the final £1.3m.
Do you share our aim in Making Dorset Proud? This is a wonderful county with a fantastic history, and a Museum with collections equal to some of the best in the UK. Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset will transform the Museum, for the collections and for generations of people who want to explore and enjoy its treasures. A donation, large or small, will help realise Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset. There are various ways in which you can give to make your donation both easy for you and valuable as possible for the Museum. There are many ways to give: online, by cheque or bank transfer, a single payment or a regular amount.
You can make a donation to the project here, either one-off or spread over a period of time. Please don’t forget to Gift Aid your donation – it makes it 25% more valuable to the Museum at no extra cost to you.
Cheque or bank transfer
You can download the Gift Aid application via the link below and post it, together with the cheque, to Gabriella Crouch, Development Manager, Dorset County Museum, High Street West, Dorchester DT1 1XA. Please make cheques payable to DNHAS, include your name and address, even if you don’t want your gift to be acknowledged publicly. We will want to say ‘thank you’.
Become part of Dorset’s History
We want to make sure all donors, large and small, are recognised for their part in creating Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset. All donors will be named on this website and in a book to be kept in the new Museum unless, of course, you request anonymity.
The name of anyone giving a total of £1,000 (ex Gift Aid) or more will be included on a permanent Donor’s Wall in the new Atrium.
Before you give, and if you’d like to know more about the project and its individual elements, please get in touch. Your first contact will be Gabby who’ll be able to answer any questions you have by email, on the phone or over a cup of tea.
It will take time, and money
The Heritage Lottery Fund has decided the vision is worthy of national priority and has confirmed a grant of £11.34m, leaving the Museum a fundraising target of £3.56m. Great progress has been made- funds of £2.3m have been raised from trusts, foundations and generous individuals, leaving another £1.3m to solicit. This is where we need your help. We need to raise £1.3m as quickly as possible to fully benefit from HLF’s grant.
A Huge Thank You
to all those who have already supported Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset including:
Adrian and Jane Frost Charitable Trust | Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Charitable Foundation | Association for Roman Archaeology | Bunbury Charitable Trust | Dorchester Town Council | Dorset County Council | Fine Family Foundation | Foyle Foundation | Garfield Weston Foundation | Headley Trust, Heritage Lottery Fund Mansel-Playdell, Cecil and the Drew Trust | Roberts Charitable Trust | The Roman Research Trust, The Sackler Trust | Valentine Trust | West Dorset District Council | Westbury Charitable Fund | Wolfson Foundation | and to those donors who wish to remain anonymous.
The Museum always welcomes new volunteers of all ages. It’s an exciting time to get involved as everyone is planning for Tomorrow’s Museum for Dorset and contributing ideas for future displays and activities.