Legacies & Gifts

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‘The past is not dead; it is living in us and will be alive in the future, which we are now helping to build.’
   William Morris

By making a bequest to the Society of Antiquaries of London you will make a very real difference to securing the Society’s future in supporting its long-term aspirations.

Recent bequests

Thanks to the generosity of past Fellows, Society has benefited from a number of magnificent individual bequests in recent years

Photograph of library index card drawers570,000 Library index cards have been digitised thanks to the late Marion Gilchrist. Her bequest also helped fund picture research for the next volume of the Inventory of Henry VIII.

Photograph of John EvansJohn Evans, President of the Society from 1984-1987, left a percentage of his estate to be used in the Research Fund.

Photograph of view through decorated window with Burlington House beyondRaymond Connelly's generous bequest will help to develop external investment for the Society.

Photograph of Corinne BennettCorinne Bennett left in her will a sum that will go towards the refurbishment of the Burlington House Library.

Photograph of Claude BlairClaude Blair, scholar of arms and armour and Society gold medallist has named the Society as one of the beneficiaries of his will.

Suggested wording for a legacy or gift.

Photograph: portrait of the President of the Society, Maurice HowardMaurice Howard,
President of the Society

"The costs of our commitments to the Society’s growing library and collections, listed buildings at Burlington House and Kelmscott manor, as well as our lectures, research grants, publications and loans to national and international institutions far exceed our income. If we are to meet these commitments and secure the Society for future generations we must look to legacies and gifts to continue our work.

As an independent charity, the Society receives no government funding and we are reliant on the generosity of our Fellows and supporters to help us meet the enormous financial challenges we face."

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Our work is important to us and we wish to safeguard our collections and listed buildings and to allow our research to continue to develop so that future generations may with greater clarity record and disseminate their findings.

If the Society of Antiquaries of London and what it represents are important to you we hope you will consider including a gift to us in your Will.

Please contact:

Dominic Wallis
Head of Development
Society of Antiquaries of London
Burlington House
London W1J OBE

020 7479 7092

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