The SPAB was founded by William Morris in 1877 to campaign against threats to historic buildings. Today, it is the UK’s oldest and most expert building conservation charity. We still work to encourage a practical and sympathetic approach to the repair and maintenance of old buildings.
The Actors' Benevolent Fund was founded in 1882 by Sir Henry Irving and a group of his friends as a national charity to care for actors and actresses unable to work because of accidents, illness or simply old age. The Fund helps in a variety of ways all of which are geared towards maintaining independence and improving quality of life.
ACT is a long-established charity helping actors' children in times of family crisis or hardship. In 2018 ACT gave more than £700,000 in grants, alongside casework and advocacy. ACT's impact continues to grow, handled by only two fulltime staff and a committee of actors.
Musical talent is everywhere but opportunity isn’t: family finances and other obstacles too often get in the way. Awards for Young Musicians are here to change this. We directly support hundreds of young musicians from low income families each year, with funding and other help.
The British Academy, established by Royal Charter in 1902, is the UK's national academy for the humanities and social sciences. It is an independent, self-governing Fellowship of leading national and international scholars. The Academy fosters and promotes the highest standards of learning.
The British Film Institute (BFI) is the UK’s lead organisation for film, television and the moving image. Our role is to ensure that film is central to our cultural life. By leaving the BFI a legacy gift in your Will, you will be helping to preserve the UK’s film heritage and to protect its future.
The British Library is the world's greatest library, holding more than 150 million items from every age and every culture. Only at the British Library will you find Handel's 'Messiah', Shakespeare's First Folio, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook, Florence Nightingale's voice and the world's oldest Bible. From rare manuscripts and unique sound recordings to the latest information for research, the collection amounts to over two thousand years of ideas.
Ever since 1753 when Sir Hans Sloane's Will triggered the foundation of the British Museum, legacies have expanded and enriched the Museum's collection. Today, legacies received from the generosity of individuals remain as important as ever in strengthening the future of the organisation. By leaving a gift in your Will to the Museum's Fund for the Future, you can provide vital funds that will help us conserve the past for generations to come.
Following the merger of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund and the Dance Teachers Benevolent Fund, this charity is now known as the Dance Professionals Fund (the working name of the Royal Ballet Benevolent Fund). The Fund offers support to dancers, dance teachers, choreographers and notators across different dance disciplines.
From world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of an empire to a Cold War bunker, we look after over 400 places that span six millennia and bring the story of England to life. Conserving and maintaining this collection for all to enjoy is a cornerstone of everything we do. It enables us to make history accessible and create memorable experiences to inspire visitors of all ages.