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Leaving a Gift in your Will

Did you know that a gift of 1% in your Will can make a difference to the Museum of Richmond and those closest to you inherit 99%.

Since the opening of the Museum in 1988, thousands of visitors, including children and families, have been shown a window on the wider world by entering through the museum’s doors. Hundreds of students have completed work experience placements, gaining valuable skills and preparing them for the world of work.

Today we are busier than ever as we expand this work in many ways including developing our collections and exhibitions programme, telling the story of Richmond – past, present and future- and reaching out to new and diverse audiences.

Could you help us to continue this work by leaving a gift in your Will?

A bequest in your Will could be directed in a number of ways:

Leaving a gift towards a project: you could express a wish to leave a bequest to a specific project, such as the restoration of an object, the creation of a new exhibition, money towards the Learning Programme.

Leaving an unrestricted gift: this would enable the Museum of Richmond to direct your gift to the area of greatest need, either to help with running costs, including repairs, gallery renovation, or a specific project.

Two people looking at objects and smilingHowever small, or large, every penny of every gift will go towards continuing the valuable work of the Museum of Richmond for the benefit of people of all ages and ensure our continued success in caring for Richmond’s heritage and telling its story.

Writing or amending a Will does not need to be complicated or expensive; we do however recommend that you contact a solicitor for advice.

If you would like to talk to us about leaving a gift in your will please contact Gary, our Curator, on 020 8332 1141 or by email at curator@museumofrichmond.com

If you are planning on remembering us in your will please let us know so that we can thank you and keep you, or a loved one, informed and involved in the Museum.


Molli Cloake

Molli, the wife of the Museum’s founder, John Cloake, left a legacy to the Museum in 2008. This was used to create an AV (audio-visual) installation about residential architecture in Richmond.

The AV is voiced by Bamber Gascoigne, (original host of University Challenge and one of the Museum’s patrons before his death) and is accompanied by beautiful professional photographs of local buildings. It is located within the Museum’s architecture section. Visitors are able to take a few minutes to sit and learn more about the history of Richmond’s residential architecture.

This subject for Molli’s legacy seems particularly appropriate given that she and John owned and restored important historic houses in Richmond.

The AV is frequently highlighted by visitors as one of their favourite parts of their visit.


William Reid

William’s legacy helped to fund the WWI AV unit.

This contains films of local people’s reminiscences and oral histories relating to the War, giving those people an opportunity to share their stories with others.

You can often see families of all ages crowding around the AV, quietly absorbed in the stories that are being shared.





Vivien Van Straubenzee

Vivien was a long-term supporter and Friend of the Museum. Her generous legacy enabled the Museum to develop the Museum’s handling collection to support Pre History Workshops for schools and families and create a Pre History ‘Discovery Box’ for local schools and groups to hire.

These resources help the Museum support the needs of local schools and generate income for the Museum, which will help to secure its future.

The Trustees carefully chose this project to be supported by Vivien’s legacy as it was known she believed passionately in the importance of education. She was a great supporter of the Museum’s Learning Programme, regularly coming into the Museum to share her wartime experiences with local school children visiting the Museum for the World War Two workshop.


Please contact Gary, our Curator, to discuss ways that you can support the Museum of Richmond.


020 8332 1141


All of your generous donations make a huge difference to the Museum of Richmond and the work we do.

Click here to find out how your valuable support can make a difference at the Museum.


For an annual donation of £500, our Benefactors help the Museum:

– Sustain our vibrant programme of temporary exhibitions, learning workshops and community activities
– Care for the collection and preserve it for the future
– And pursue our long-term goal of being in a bigger, better and more accessible location.



For an annual donation of just £15, you can help the Museum of Richmond:

– Create new and exciting exhibitions
– Keep working with with schools, families and local groups
– Care for the collection and preserve it for the future