That’s what Friends are for …

Since 1984 the Friends have raised over half a million pounds for the Art Gallery & Museum, including £250,000 towards the redevelopment programme during 2011-13.

Our donations have helped to buy

  • Paintings, such as the portrait of Captain Henry Skillicorne and watercolours by Edward Wilson
  • Items for the Arts & Crafts Gallery, including a table by Pugin, a cabinet by Gimson and a Liberty silver bowl
  • Sculpture, such as Nativity by Eric Gill
  • Museum items, such as a pair of silk shoes worn by Princess Victoria and a pipe belonging to Edward Wilson

We have also helped to fund many exhibitions.

Click here to see a full list of what we have funded.