Leaving a legacy to Tate

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

John Everett Millais, Ophelia

John Everett Millais
Ophelia 1851-2

Richard Long, ‘Red Slate Circle’ 1988
Richard Long
Red Slate Circle 1988
© Richard Long
George Romney, ‘Emma Hart as Circe’ c.1782
George Romney
Emma Hart as Circe c.1782
Alexander Calder, ‘Untitled’ 1937
Alexander Calder
Untitled 1937
© ARS, NY and DACS, London 2018
Pablo Picasso, ‘The Three Dancers’ 1925
Pablo Picasso
The Three Dancers 1925
© Succession Picasso/DACS 2018
John Singer Sargent, ‘Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children’ 1896
John Singer Sargent
Mrs Carl Meyer and her Children 1896
Phillip Allen, ‘Beezerspline (Counter Attack Version)’ 2003
Phillip Allen
Beezerspline (Counter Attack Version) 2003
© Phillip Allen
Howard Hodgkin, ‘Mr and Mrs E.J.P.’ 1969–73
Howard Hodgkin
Mr and Mrs E.J.P. 1969–73
© Howard Hodgkin
Sir Joshua Reynolds, ‘The Hon. Miss Monckton’ 1777–8
Sir Joshua Reynolds
The Hon. Miss Monckton 1777–8
manner of Sir Joshua Reynolds
A Young Black (?Francis Barber)
Marcellus Laroon the Younger, ‘A Musical Assembly’ c.1720
Marcellus Laroon the Younger
A Musical Assembly c.1720

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
Email legacy.enquiries@tate.org.uk
Call +44(0) 20 7821 2961