In 1833 Sir John Soane negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve his house and collection, leaving the Museum open and free for the nation. On his death four years later, a board of Trustees took on the responsibility of upholding Soane’s wishes, and we continue to do this today.  Sir John Soane’s Museum is a registered charity (no. 313609) and we rely on the generosity of our supporters to ensure that Soane’s house and collection remain free for everyone.

How you can help

The support from a gift in your Will, however large or small, will help us to:

  • Conserve our building and collections ensuring their preservation for generations to come
  • Continue to inspire by providing opportunities for people of all ages and walks of life to visit the Museum and learn through our critically acclaimed education and exhibitions programmes
  • Enhance understanding of our collections and the building through scholarship and research
  • Keep our doors open for free to members of the public

See examples of how Legacy gifts have impacted the Soane.


Our promise to you

We appreciate and respect that your family and loved ones come first. We understand that leaving a gift in your Will is a personal matter and your decision to make in your own time. We are on hand to respond to any queries you may have and of course you can change your mind about leaving a gift at any time.

We appreciate that your privacy should be upheld. If you have decided to remember the Soane in your Will, it would be wonderful to know and we will keep any details that you share with us confidential.

We will ensure that your gift achieves the greatest possible impact. The donation will be handled sensitively and respectfully and unless directed otherwise we will always seek to acknowledge your gift appropriately and keep your family updated with how your gift has made a difference.


More information

We have compiled information which answers some of our most frequently asked questions about making a legacy gift in support of Sir John Soane’s Museum into a downloadable document. Please see the downloads section below.

If you would like to speak with us about how leaving a gift in your Will would benefit the Soane, or if you are a solicitor or are the executor of a Will, please contact our team at or call +44 (0) 20 7440 4256 to discuss ways to support.