A 1,400 year-old Anglo-Saxon gold ring purchased by the Saffron Walden Society with the aid of a £5,000 grant from the Beecroft Bequest

Museums Association Beecroft Bequest

Grants for acquisition of pre-19th century works
Under the terms of the will of the late Walter G Beecroft the residue of his estate was bequeathed to the Museums Association to form the Beecroft Bequest.

Grants of up to £10,000 are available for the acquisition of pre-19th century pictures and works of art by old masters or worthy school pictures of old masters.

The Beecroft Bequest is an incredibly helpful fund for Museums Association institutional members. As acquisition budgets continue to dwindle or disappear for museums around the UK, the Beecroft Bequest committee is keen to support museums of all sizes to expand their collections. The application process is very straightforward and succinct, and we are glad to answer any questions about how we can work with you.
Simon Brown, Chair of the Museums Association Beecroft Bequest

Case study

Milford House

Ely Museum

Herschel Museum of Astronomy

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