Leave a Legacy Gift to the Society or to Kelmscott Manor

"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.

"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." (Gill Andrews, President of the Society of Antiquaries of London)

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. For suggested wording for a legacy gift, click here.

Bequests in support of Kelmscott Manor

In its care of Kelmscott Manor, the Society of Antiquaries of London recognises the paramount need both to preserve the cultural heritage and to create wider access to the unique experience that Kelmscott offers both as a historic site in a magnificent country setting and as a place of inspiration for learning—benefits that Morris himself most valued and that are wholly consistent with the Society’s charitable objectives today.

If William Morris’ work is important to you and you wish to ensure the continued care of Kelmscott Manor we hope you will consider making a legacy or gift to the Society in your Will. For suggested wording for a legacy gift, click here.

Every contribution to the Society, no matter how small, makes a real difference.

Discuss Your Legacy With Us

Please contact Dominic Wallis, Head of Development, Society of Antiquaries of London (Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BE) by telephone at 020 7479 7096 or email at dwallis@sal.org.uk.

Recent Bequests

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

  • 570,000 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.
  • John Evans, President of the Society from 1984-1987, left a percentage of his estate to be used in the Research Fund.
  • Raymond Connelly's generous bequest will help to develop external investment for the Society.
  • Corinne Bennett left in her will a sum that will go towards the refurbishment of the Burlington House Library.
  • Claude Blair, scholar of arms and armour and Society gold medallist has named the Society as one of the beneficiaries of his will.