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Derby Museums’ Endowment

The Endowment will provide financial stability to ensure that future generations have access to our museum collections and the huge range of activities and events that they inspire. This is our way of looking out for the generations to come.

We are delighted to have been offered a match funding Heritage Endowment Grant of £1m by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, which means that every pound you give to Derby Museums’ Endowment campaign before September 2022 will be doubled, up to a total of £1m, creating a £2m Endowment for Derby Museums. This will help to secure the future of Derby Museums for everyone.

** April 2022 Update: to help raise the last £44,000, Donations up to £1m received before 30 September 2022 will be doubled by a pledge from a generous museum supporter and doubled again with a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund meaning a gift of £25 with gift aid becomes £125 and a gift of £100 with gift aid becomes £500 for Derby Museums. **

For supporters who pay tax at the higher rate, you can claim back the difference between the higher rates of tax (40% or 45%) and the basic rate (20%) on the total value of the donation. 

For example, if you pay the 40% rate, a donation of £10,000 allows you to recover £2,500, so the donation costs you only £7,500 net, but Derby Museums receives £12,500.


If you pay the 45% rate, a donation of £10,000 allows you to recover £3120.50 so the donation costs you only £6870.50 net, but we receive £12,500. Claims should be made via your Self-Assessment tax return.

Supporting Derby Museums’ Endowment helps us to: 

● Raise the aspirations of young people to be the makers, artists and thinkers of the future
● Look after 250,000 heritage objects in our collection
● Continue supporting 23,000 people who take part in free family activities every year
● Engage and inspire over 124,000 people a year

Make a donation to our Endowment campaign

Find out more about our work with children and young people, by downloading our Inspiring and Empowering our Children and Young People Report

How can I help?

Add your name to our Giving Wall 

Make a regular gift

Make a one-off gift

Join our 1839 Circle

Leave a Gift in your Will

Buy an Orrery Pin Badge

Make your Mark on the new Museum of Making
We would like to thank all of our supporters who have so generously responded to our invitation to Make Your Mark on the newly opening Museum of Making. With your support (and including gift aid and match funding) we raised over £87,000 for Derby Museums’ Endowment.