Donate to the Museum

Help keep the Museum open – every donation helps

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Donate online by bank transfer:

Payee: Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited

Bank Name: Barclays

Sort Code: 20-05-06.

Account Number: 23821072

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Payee: Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited

The Museum of Bath at Work
Julian Road, Bath
United Kingdom

Did you know?

  • We are a charity (Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd, Registered Charity 800297)
  • It costs £1,300 EACH WEEK to keep the Museum open
  • The cost of putting on exhibitions and special projects is extra
  • We rely on income from admissions and the Museum shop, and donations from visitors and supporters to keep the Museum open
  • Independent museums like the Museum of Bath at Work do not receive any funding from local or central government
  • The Covid-19 pandemic in 2020-21 meant we had to close the Museum for more than seven months out of twelve, with complete loss of income

So we would like you to join our supporters!

A cup of coffee

Maybe you buy one cup of coffee a week – at £2.50 a cup, that’s £10 a month.  Will you donate £10 a month to the Museum?

If you are a UK taxpayer, opting-in to Gift Aid enables us to reclaim an additional 25% Gift Aid Tax from the Government at no extra cost to you – so your £10 becomes £12.50. Click below to download a Gift aid form.

Legacy giving

Have you thought about how a bequest in your Will could support the Museum?

Legacy giving is a great way to ensure that the things you care about continue to be there for future generations.

The Museum of Bath at Work would not exist without the legacies given to us by the late Russell Frears, one of the founders, and the late Elspeth Fyfe, amongst many others.

If you would like to discuss legacy giving and how it could benefit the Museum, please contact us at or write to us at Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH

If you do not have a Will, or already have a Will and wish to add a legacy to the Museum, you will need to contact your solicitor.  The solicitor will need these details: Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Ltd, charity number 800297

Fundraising Campaign

Our Fundraising Campaign continues throughout 2023

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic was huge. Because we rely on earning money from museum admissions and gift sales in the shop, our income completely stopped during the periods when we had to close. All museums are finding that visitor numbers are slow to return to pre-pandemic levels, and we now face increases in day-to-day costs such as gas and electricity.

It costs £67,000 a year – £1,300 a week – to run the museum. We make roughly half this amount from admission tickets, shop sales and room hires. So in 2023 we must raise up to £30,000 in donations and grant-funding in order to cover costs.

We apply for grants from small trusts and foundations, and larger grants when possible. But our lifeblood is small donations from a large number of people – people like YOU. A regular monthly donation is so important to us, because it gives us certainty about income. Your donation really will contribute to keeping this unique museum of working life open, for Bath residents and visitors now and for the next generation.

Please support us and donate today! And choose Gift Aid if you can.

Recent successful fundraising initiatives have included:


  • Improvements to courtyard – re-gravelling, installing exterior lighting and banners. Installation of Stothert & Pitt winch and display plinth.
  • Funding for Face-to-Face photography exhibition. Assistance towards publication of accompanying book.
  • Entranceway improvements – new signs and display of historic material.


  • Funding for All Day Long community photography project and exhibition. Assistance with publication of accompanying book.
  • Installation of new display system in Hudson Gallery to accommodate temporary exhibitions.
  • Assistance for the Made in Bath exhibition.


  • The Foyle Foundation £5,000 for Wi-Fi networking and audio-visual equipment
  • The Headley Trust £5,000
  • The Swire Charitable Trust £10,000
  • The Garfield Weston Foundation £5,000
  • Medlock Charitable Trust £5,000


  • Covid-19 Emergency funding £28,000 from Arts Council England to partially cover operating costs during closed period
  • Generous donation of £2,000 from Cross Manufacturing


  • Generous donation of £5,000 from the Medlock Charitable Foundation
  • Restoration of the unique Horstmann Self Winding Clock


  • Exhibition on Women at War at Work


  • Repair of Museum roof
  • Installation of Wheelchair Lift


  • Installation of disabled-accessible toilet

Restoration of unique Horstmann Self Winding Clock

Exhibition on Women at War at Work

Installation of Wheelchair Lift