Leave a gift in your will

Thank you for considering leaving a gift in your will to Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust – we really appreciate you taking the time to consider supporting us in this way and playing a part in safeguarding the future of Barnsley’s wonderful museums.

Did you know?

  • By leaving a small sum or even just 1% of your estate in your will after providing for your loved ones, we can help preserve Barnsley’s heritage for future generations.
  • The local authority only provides a third of the funding for Barnsley Museums. For the additional costs, which enable us to provide learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, we rely on grants and support from our local community through donations and gifts in wills.
  • 2017 marked the 60th anniversary of Cannon Hall Museum Park & Gardens opening as a museum. You can help us be here for future Barnsley generations through a gift in your will.

What type of gift can you leave?

  • A share of your estate. After you have provided for your loved ones, you can leave a share of what remains to charity. This is known as a ‘residuary gift’
  • A cash gift. This is when you leave an exact sum of money to us. It’s known as a ‘pecuniary gift’
  • A specific gift. Over the years, we have received everything from ornaments to paintings.

Tips for how to leave a gift in your will

Writing a will is an important step towards making sure your plans can be put into action and your wishes are respected.

Getting started

When writing your will we recommend using a professional, such as a solicitor, to help. This is the best way to make sure that your wishes will be followed and your will is legally binding. You will also need to choose an executor – someone you trust to carry out your wishes after you have gone.

Valuing your estate

Before you visit your solicitor or will writing professional, it is helpful to think about the value of your assets.

The people and causes you care about

You should also make a list of all the people and causes you would like to benefit from your will.

Already have a will?

If you already have a will and want to leave a gift to Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, all you have to do is make a codicil, which means ‘amendment’. We recommend speaking to your solicitor about making a codicil to your existing will, and they’ll take it from there.

Our promise to you

A gift in your will to Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust is a promise of a better future for the communities we support. It means we can help secure the future of Barnsley’s museums.

This is our promise to you:

  • We will always understand that the family and friends you hold dear always come first.
  • Your privacy is paramount. We appreciate that your will is personal to you.
  • Your decision is yours alone. We will always respect your need to carefully consider leaving a legacy – in your own time.
  • Every single penny you give will help safeguard Barnsley’s heritage. We will spend your money wisely – where it will have the most impact.
  • We care. We will handle your legacy gift with the utmost sensitivity and respect.
  • We’re discreet. You don’t have to tell us if you leave a gift to Barnsley Museums & Heritage Trust, but if you do, it will help us to plan future work, and we will keep your decision completely confidential.

If there is anything you want to know about your legacy, or the communities you are helping to support, please get in touch, email