Donations and Legacies

Your donations are vitally important to all of the work that we carry out; funding education, conservation and research projects and helping to preserve our collections, sites and knowledge for future generations.

Donations to us are made primarily through three societies; the Leeds Art Fund, The Friends of Leeds City Museums and The Philosophical and Literary Society. You can support us by joining either of these societies.  Find out more about by following the links on the right hand side.

We can also accept direct donations by any of the following means;

In person -  Look for a donation box or you could donate cash or by card at the ticket desk or shop at one of our nine venues.

By phone - You can make a donation over the phone by calling any of our sites (other than the Discovery Centre).

By post - You can send your donations (crossed cheques made payable to Leeds City Council please) to Leeds Museum Discovery Centre, Carlisle Road, Leeds, LS10 1LB.

Are you a business with an interest in corporate giving? Find out more about giving if you are a business organisation by following the link below.

Gifts and Legacies

If you have an object or collection that you would like to give to Leeds Museums and Galleries, find out more about giving us your objects by following the link below.

If you or a loved one would like to remember us in your will, you can do this by  getting in touch with us directly. Please use the contact form below or call us on our main number.


How your support helps

A successful public appeal, organised by the Leeds Art Fund (the LACF), raised the funds to buy this cast of the sculpture 'The Age of Bronze' by Auguste Rodin, which had been dwelling in modest obscurity in a Yorkshire garden since it was commissioned from the pioneering French sculptor in 1906-7 by the well-known Leeds banking family, the Becketts.  The sculpture was bought in 1995 with the aid of grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund, The Henry Moore Foundation, Raymond and Mary Danowski, the Leeds Art Fund and various private benefactors.

Did you know... Most Rodins seen in art museums are highly polished bronze but in this case, its past life outdoors accounts for the particular surface quality (patina) of this work.

A more recent acquisition made possible from public donations and grants is the West Yorkshire Hoard.