The Wallace Collection

Lady Wallace, circa 1890, photography by Walter Scott
Lady Wallace, circa 1890, photography by Walter Scott
Leave a Gift in your Will

Leave a Legacy and Safeguard the Wallace Collection for Future Generations

The Wallace Collection is one of the world's great bequest stories

In 1897 Lady Wallace followed her husband’s wishes and bequeathed the family’s art collection to the nation, creating the greatest collection of art ever left to a country. It is thanks to the generosity of Lady Wallace and the legacy she made in her Will that the Wallace Collection is here for us to share and enjoy today.

The Wallace Collection has no financial endowment. Whilst we receive a government grant to maintain the fabric of the building and provide public access to the Collection, we still need over £2 million a year to fund our activities as well as additional amounts for specific capital projects. A legacy is a way of acknowledging the pleasure that the Collection has given you and many other visitors.  

Free of inheritance tax, legacies are an increasingly popular, tax-effective way of giving. Here are some examples of how your gift could be used:

  • A gift of £2,000 could help fund a community project for a year
  • A gift of £5,000 could fund the education programme for a major exhibition
  • A gift of £15,000 could fund our secondary schools’ programme for a year
  • A gift of £20,000 could fund the conservation of an Old Master painting
  • A gift of £300,000 could refurbish a gallery, which could be named after you

For more information on ways to include the Wallace Collection in your Will, download our online Legacy Information Pack.

We are very happy to discuss how your gift would benefit the Collection and our future plans. Please contact the Fundraising Office on 020 7563 9569 or email

Please note that it is advisable to use a solicitor when making a will of any complexity.