One of the most important decisions you will ever make is choosing who to include in your Will

Legacy event Tate St Ives

By choosing to leave a legacy gift to Tate you will play a vital role in securing and strengthening Tate’s long-term future.

If you have decided to leave a legacy gift to us, or if you would simply like to discuss your options, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Who you choose to include in your Will is a very personal and private matter, which is why we have dedicated staff who you can speak to in confidence about your future plans. By notifying us of your intentions we are able to thank you personally. We’ll also be able to guide you through the process, explain the legacy options available, and welcome you to our legacy club, The 1897 Circle.

All the information you provide will be strictly confidential, and does not involve you in any binding commitment with us. If you have already remembered Tate with a gift in your Will, we would be delighted to hear from you. You can formally let us know by completing our downloadable pledge form and sending this to us.

Part of our history

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  • John Everett Millais, Ophelia
    John Everett Millais
    Ophelia 1851-2
  • Richard Long, 'Red Slate Circle' 1988
    Richard Long
    Red Slate Circle 1988
    displayed: 370 x 4000 x 4000 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Estate of Tom Bendhem 2004© Richard Long
  • George Romney, 'Lady Hamilton as Circe' circa 1782
    George Romney
    Lady Hamilton as Circe circa 1782
    Oil on canvas
    support: 533 x 495 mm
    Bequeathed by Lady Wharton 1945
  • Alexander Calder, 'Standing Mobile' 1937
    Alexander Calder
    Standing Mobile 1937
    Painted metal, steel and wire
    object: 2280 x 2030 x 2600 mm
    Accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of tax and allocated to Tate 2002© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2002
  • Pablo Picasso, 'The Three Dancers' 1925
    Pablo Picasso
    The Three Dancers 1925
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2153 x 1422 mm
    frame: 2232 x 1507 x 107 mm
    Purchased with a special Grant-in-Aid and the Florence Fox Bequest with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery and the Contemporary Art Society 1965© Succession Picasso/DACS 2002
  • John Singer Sargent, 'Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children' 1896
    John Singer Sargent
    Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children 1896
    Oil on canvas
    frame: 2340 x 1670 x 130 mm
    Bequeathed by Adèle, Lady Meyer 1930, with a life interest for her son and grandson and presented in 2005 in celebration of the lives of Sir Anthony and Lady Barbadee Meyer, accessioned 2009
  • Phillip Allen, 'Beezerspline (Counter Attack Version)' 2003
    Phillip Allen
    Beezerspline (Counter Attack Version) 2003
    Oil on board
    displayed: 1827 x 2440 x 90 mm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Nicholas Themans Trust 2009© Phillip Allen
  • Howard Hodgkin, 'Mr and Mrs E.J.P.' 1969-73
    Howard Hodgkin
    Mr and Mrs E.J.P. 1969-73
    Oil on wood
    support: 909 x 1216 mm
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of tax and allocated to the Tate Gallery 1996© Howard Hodgkin
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds, 'The Hon. Miss Monckton' 1777-8
    Sir Joshua Reynolds
    The Hon. Miss Monckton 1777-8
    Oil on canvas
    support: 2400 x 1473 mm
    Bequeathed by Sir Edward Stern 1933
  • manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds, 'A Young Black (?Francis Barber)' date not known
    manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds
    A Young Black (?Francis Barber) date not known
    Oil on canvas
    support: 756 x 879 mm
    Bequeathed by Alan Evans 1974
  • Marcellus Laroon the Younger, 'A Musical Assembly' c. 1720
    Marcellus Laroon the Younger
    A Musical Assembly c. 1720
    Oil paint on canvas
    support: 1016 x 1270 mm
    Accepted by HM Government in lieu of inheritance tax and allocated to Tate 2011

Tate’s story began with two gifts from one man. Sir Henry Tate had an extraordinary generosity and vision for a gallery open to everyone, and provided the founding gift for the Tate Collection which pioneered the opening of Tate Britain in 1897.

Sir Henry Tate’s gift has since inspired many individuals to generously support the continued development of the gallery with gifts of all sizes. Each and every gift has contributed to fulfilling his original vision and helped the gallery to become what it is today.

Legacies are a key part of Tate’s history and will continue to play an important role in its long-term future and allow us to plan for the future with confidence. A gift in your Will costs nothing now, but will be extremely valuable to the gallery in years to come.

I have been visiting the galleries for many years, initially as an art student and then with successive groups of students throughout my teaching career. I have come to think of Tate as my spiritual home, and have chosen to leave my bequest to Tate in my Will; I know my gift will help to ensure future generations benefit from this wonderful institution. 
Jean Medlycott, Tate Member since 1999

Find out more

To request an information pack, containing more information about the different ways to leave a legacy, or to speak with Tate’s legacy team, please contact: 

Development, Legacies 
Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Call +44(0) 20 7821 2961