Leaving a bequest to Sydney Living Museums is a generous way to make a lasting contribution for the benefit of future generations.

Bequests ensure the integrity, authenticity and longevity of the work undertaken by the organisation and are a lasting  enduring tribute to the generosity and vision of our loyal supporters.

How can you leave a legacy?

Anyone can choose to leave a gift to the Sydney Living Museums Foundation in their will. There are different ways to do this:

  • A sum of money that is unrestricted and allows the Foundation Trustees to direct the funds where they are needed most
  • A percentage of your estate
  • Shares or other endowments

You might like to use our suggested wording. We would advise that you always discuss your plans with a solicitor to ensure that you are completely happy with the terms of your bequest.

How we recognise bequests 

On informing us that you have left a bequest to the Sydney Living Museums Foundation, you will be invited to join the Governors’ Circle. As a valued member of this group, you enjoy regular  special events, behind-the-scenes tours, a deeper engagement with our work and other benefits.

With your permission, we will recognise your bequest notification across our publications and website. However, privacy is always respected so please inform us if you prefer to remain anonymous.

Our cultural institutions are our societies' collective memory banks, and supporting them in this era of rapid change is more important than ever before.

Edward Simpson
SLM supporter

What are some examples of past legacies?

Caroline Simpson Collection

The library was renamed in honour of Caroline Simpson OAM (1930-2003), after her outstanding collection of Australian colonial furniture, pictures and objets d’art was donated to the Historic Houses Trust of NSW and an endowment established in her memory. This generous gift has served as the cornerstone for establishing Australia’s leading interiors and gardens library and is named the Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection, in her memory, recognising the importance of the gift by her children.

The Ruth Pope Bequest

Ruth Pope – a long time member of ADFAS, frequent visitor to our properties, and lover of history, education, travel, archaeology and silver – left a generous and unrestricted bequest to Sydney Living Museums. This bequest has been used to assist with our Aboriginal Community Engagement Partnership, employment of our first co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Interpretation Program, as well as international engagement and professional exchange.

The Richard Clough Gift

Professor Richard Clough (1921–2014), landscape architect, academic and collector, presented his outstanding collection of books on the history of Australian gardens, gardening and gardeners to Sydney Living Museums. Richard’s gift was transformational, giving a depth and breadth to our existing garden history holdings and providing a foundation for the accelerated development of our collection.

Contact us

To discuss leaving a gift in your Will contact Alison Muir, Associate Director, Philanthropy on (02) 8239 2433 or via email

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