Leave a Legacy

A Gift in Your Will

Help us Inspire, Engage and Educate in the Years to Come

The collection cared for by Birmingham Museums Trust has been shaped throughout its history by generous gifts left in the wills of supporters. By leaving a gift in your will, you can help us as we continue to unlock the potential of this collection to inspire learning, creativity and enjoyment in the people of Birmingham and beyond.

Leaving a legacy provides you with the opportunity to have a lasting connection with our museums and will have a long-term impact on the services we are able to offer future generations.

Leaving a gift to charity makes financial sense

In 2012 the UK government changed its policy on inheritance tax to encourage more people to leave money to charity. Under these rules, if you leave 10% or more of your estate to a charity – such as Birmingham Museums Trust – the rate of inheritance tax will be reduced from 40% to 36%.

How to Leave a Gift in Your Will

Any gift to Birmingham Museums Trust can make a real difference to our work. You can leave a specific sum of money or a share in what’s left of your estate after your family and friends have been taken care of. The advantage of leaving a share of your estate (also known as residuary gift) is that it will not lose value over time.

Nearly 25,000 items in our collection were left to us as gifts in wills. If you would like to leave us a specific item, this should be discussed with Birmingham Museums in advance so that we can confirm we are the appropriate custodians, with the resources to care for it.

We would welcome bequests worded in general terms so that we can direct your donation to the area of greatest need, and by having a conversation with us now, we can help to ensure that your wishes are followed.

If you are considering remembering Birmingham Museums Trust in your will please contact Juliet Baillie, Development Officer, for an informal chat on 0121 348 8293 or email juliet.baillie@birminghammuseums.org.uk