Become a patron

Our Patrons are a community of donors who play an invaluable role in driving forward the Imperial War Museums’ vision of creating a more informed, educated, and socially-engaged society.

They understand that, as global citizens, all of our lives are affected by conflict. Their philanthropic support allows us to engage with our 2.4 million visitors each year through ambitious new galleries, thought-provoking exhibitions, dynamic learning programmes and unique public events, such as our monthly Conflict Café series.

As a thank you for their generosity, Patrons are invited to get closer to our work through a frequent and varied events programme. This includes curator-led talks, out-of-hours private views, behind-the-scenes tours of historical sites, as well as our lectures that enable Patrons to deepen their knowledge of social history and current affairs.

IWM Patrons receive Radar magazine quarterly, which shares advance information on upcoming events, a behind the scenes look at future exhibitions and interviews from those working within the museum to make it all happen. Have a look at our Winter 2021 edition here.

"The chance to delve deeper is a highlight of becoming more involved with the museum. It opens windows and gives us a glimpse into a world that we wouldn't be able to access."
Brigid and Romen Bose, Patrons

There are three levels of patronage to choose from, with each unlocking unique benefits and bespoke opportunities:

  • Nash Circle: £1,250 - £4,999 per annum
    (Benefit £280, suggested donation from £970)
  • Singer Sargent Circle: £5,000 - £9,999 per annum
    (Benefit £400, suggested donation from £4600)
  • Orpen Circle: £10,000+ per annum
    (Benefit £500, suggested donation from £9,500)

To start a conversation about what your gift could achieve, or for further information about our forthcoming Patrons events, please contact:

Andrew Higgins
Director of Development
[email protected]

Major Donations

IWM has ambitious plans for the future which can only be realised through the support of generous individuals who share our vision.

We would welcome the opportunity to discuss how your philanthropic priorities could align with these.

To start a conversation about developing your relationship with the Museum, please contact:

Andrew Higgins
Director of Development
[email protected]

IWM Duxford Circle

A father holds a young child standing in front of a biplane at IWM Duxford
A father and son explore IWM Duxford’s rich history

As a charity IWM relies on a wide range of individuals and organisations to help us continue to tell the personal stories of war and conflict for current and future generations to come.

Our IWM Duxford Circle supporters play a crucial role in the transformation of IWM Duxford. Our ambitions for IWM Duxford match the unique importance of this site and our collections now and for the future. Funding from the Duxford Giving Circle will make the following projects possible:

  • A new dynamic visitor programme using the world-class knowledge and enthusiasm of our staff and volunteers to provide face-to-face interpretation of the stories behind the objects on display. Digital imagery, object handling and live presentations will give visitors access to our collections in new ways.
  • The conservation of key historical objects, historic buildings and landscapes such as the Victor XH648, our First World War Hangers and technical workshops and our Second World War Control Tower.
  • Bring historic Duxford to life through the installation of silhouettes of the people who worked at Duxford between 1917-1961 allowing visitors to engage with their stories and the history that happened on that spot.
  • Offer visitors the opportunity to learn more about the science and engineering aspects of Duxford through interactive talks and demonstrations in Hanger 5.

Starting at £20,000 p.a., support through the IWM Duxford Circle offers you a unique way to support these efforts and become more involved with IWM Duxford and the personal stories it tells.

To learn more about how you can play a crucial role in helping IWM tell the personal stories of Duxford - a witness to and living part of history - please contact:

Andrew Higgins
IWM Director of Development
[email protected]

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