HELP US TO TELL THE STORY OF THOSE WHO HAVE LIVED, FOUGHT AND DIED IN CONFLICT SINCE 1914


IWM is a world leader in developing and communicating a deeper understanding of the causes, course and consequences of war and conflict, enabling people of all ages to reflect on how the past has shaped the world today.  Due to the current pandemic IWM is facing a devastating impact from a dramatic loss in revenues from admissions and our other commercial programs.  As an independent charity, IWM is more reliant than ever on the private support to maintain to maintain what is a unique, free, educational and cultural resource for the nation

By remembering IWM in your will, you are committing vital future support towards ensuring that we can continue to tell the important personal stories of modern war and conflict for future generations to come. 

You can leave a legacy to IWM as a whole, specify it to one of our branches, or even to a specific area of work i.e. conservation, whichever you prefer. However, unrestricted gifts are especially important as they enable us to use your donation wherever the need is greatest.

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Testimonial from IWM Legacy Pledger:
We’ve had many days out at IWM sites over the years, and, without exception, they have been enjoyable and stimulating experiences.

Our visits have allowed us to explore wars on land, sea and air, and have taught us about how leaders like Churchill thought and acted. They have helped us gain an insight into what our parents and grandparents endured in both world wars, and understand how society in general deals with conflict.

When we made our wills recently, we both felt we wanted to help IWM continue its world
leading role in telling the stories of the past, and preserving the wonderful collections within its family of museums. As the generations that actually experienced the world wars pass away, it feels more important than ever that IWM finds new ways of teaching and informing future generations about conflict.

We feel that, in leaving a legacy to IWM, we are playing a part in not only helping the charity in its future work, but also saying a ‘thank you’ for enriching our own lives over the years.

Catherine and Ian Benson, Legacy Pledgers

Recent Legacy Support

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Recent Legacy Support

IWM is delighted to have received an invaluable donation towards IWM Duxford through its Legacy Giving Programme. The legacy donor had a long career in the aerospace industry and was a regular visitor to our Duxford site.

Due to his exceptional dedication and love for aviation, the significant donation made in his legacy will go on to help support IWM in undertaking essential Aircraft conservation and restoration at IWM Duxford.

The Conservation team’s efforts over the past few months have been focused on objects for the new SWW galleries, which includes the Ohka ‘Cherry Blossom’ kamikaze aircraft, now suspended in the atrium in Lambeth Road.

Currently, the Conservation team are conducting a ‘large object review’ which is assessing the conservation plans based on urgent need for care and objects which are on or going on display. This is in line with the IWM Duxford Masterplan which looks to protect the site’s heritage, ensure effective interpretation of objects for visitors and make effective use of the incredible grounds and hangers.

With the significant gift from our legacy donor, the Conservation team can now plan for long term projects that will enable a number of aircrafts to be restored to their former glory. This is just one example of how support from legacies can play a crucial role in achieving IWM objectives.

 

Unrestricted Donations:
Unrestricted donation allows IWM to continue its vital work of remembering and honouring those that lived and died as a result of conflict. Your donation would not only allow IWM to keep its doors open to the public but also continue its education and interpretation programmes to reach an even wider audience. In 2019 we attracted over 2.6million visitors to our sites who engaged with the permanent and temporary exhibitions on displays.

Unrestricted donations allow IWM to assess the greatest need at the time of the donation which may be the final phase of a new project or programme such as the new Second World War and Holocaust Galleries, vital research programmes with the IWM Institute or continuing with an education programme that may not have been possible without your support.

 

How to include IWM in your will:
Any gift we receive, no matter the size, makes a vital contribution to our ongoing work. Including a legacy gift to IWM in your will is straightforward, gifts can be a specified sum or a proportion of your residuary estate.

When referencing IWM you do not need to quote a charity number as the Imperial War Museum is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011 Schedule 3 paragraphs 23 and 28(1). As such we do not have a Charity Registration Number.

This information is not intended to constitute legal advice, when making your will please do so in consultation with an independent professional adviser.

If you would like more information, or to discuss leaving a gift to IWM in your will, please contact Laura Gabe [email protected] or call 020 7416 5411.

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