Support us

As a charity, we rely on support from visitors and other individuals, trusts, foundations, public organisations and the corporate sector. This support helps us achieve our mission: to inspire all to explore and enjoy the arts, heritage and outstanding places we care for by visiting our museums and by participating in a wide range of activities.

You can help support the places you love by becoming a Friend of Lakeland Arts, by donating or giving some of your time as a volunteer. Explore the options below:

Saving Raven

Launched in 1871, cargo boat Raven    has a had a long  life on the lake. Built to take supplies to remote locations when the only means of transport was horse and cart over bad roads, during winter Raven was also an essential ice-breaker for passenger steamers.

In 1922, competition from road transport meant the end of Raven’s time as a cargo boat and it was sold to Vickers Armstrong for testing mine-laying equipment.

In the 1950’s, the abandoned Raven was rescued by Windermere Steamboat Museum, founder, George Pattinson, and was subsequently used as a summer bunkhouse for water skiers.

Now, 150 years old, we’re raising £50,000 to restore Raven’s deck in 2022 and you can help!

£15 will buy half a metre of decking timber

£10 will buy 8 deck fastening bolts

 £5 will buy 250 grammes of oakum and tar to use as plank caulking materials

Inspired by Raven’s story? Make a contribution to its restoration by donating via the contactless donation box outside of the Conservation Workshop at Windermere Jetty Museum, or support us on our JustGiving page. You can also email, if you’d like to find out more about other ways you can support!

Leave a legacy

You can help to build the future of Lakeland Arts and our venues by leaving a legacy or bequest in your will. Leaving a legacy helps us to plan and secure our future with confidence and educate and inspire future generations through our work.

Every gift, whatever the amount, will help us to promote world-class art and heritage, care for and develop our permanent collections, conserve our museums and Grade I listed buildings and offer exciting and innovative programmes that involve local people.

Anyone can leave a legacy to Lakeland Arts. You may wish to support us with the residue (percentage) of your estate once all other gifts have been made, with a targeted or specific gift of money, or even a work of art. You may wish to leave a legacy to support Lakeland Arts in everything we do, or something more specific. Whatever you choose to support will be extremely important to our future work.

If you would like to talk to us to discuss your plans in confidence, email Caroline Gilbert, Head of Development or call 01539 888048.

Your donations

Whatever the size of your donation, your support will help to create new experiences for visitors at all our venues. Donations can support our redevelopment project for Abbot Hall or it can help support our temporary exhibitions programme, our innovative learning activities and our conservation work.

Become a Friend

If you are a regular visitor to any of our venues or if you love what we do from afar and want to be part of our work behind the scenes, then support us by becoming a Friend.

Your support will give you access to a wide range of exclusive benefits but will also help us to look after our historic buildings and collections and create a exciting learning programmes for everyone to enjoy.

The perks

  • Free pass
    You and a child get free, all-year-round entry to Blackwell and Windermere Jetty Museum — and that includes our temporary exhibitions.
  • Friends’ events
    Access exclusive talks, tours, activities, launches and celebrations specially made for our Friends.
  • Preview days
    Be first in line to see our superb, world-class exhibitions.
  • Special offers
    Receive special offers and discounts from Lakeland Arts and our selected partners. Become a Friend and we’ll refund the ticket you bought today.
  • Exclusive updates
    We’ll email you about news, exhibitions, events and offers before anyone else and send you our quarterly Friends magazine, Quarto.
  • Valued support
    You’ll be helping to care for our historic buildings and collections, so that all kinds of people can enjoy them.

The costs

Direct Debit

Joint Friends are valid for two adults living at the same address and two children.

For more information, email or call us on 01539 888056.

Become a Patron or Benefactor

Patrons and Benefactors make a significant difference to helping us to protect and reflect the Lake District’s cultural life.

Their support is integral to our continued development and success: from delivering pioneering conservation and research projects, supporting large redevelopment projects, creating new job roles and introducing new educational programmes.

As a highly valued supporter, Patrons and Benefactors enjoy exclusive access to a series of unique opportunities with Lakeland Arts including meeting the people involved and getting so see our amazing collection behind the scenes.

The perks

  • All benefits that our Friends receive.
  • A private guided welcome tour of our venues.
  • Exclusive invitations and access to our buildings for you and your guest(s) for events arranged especially for our Patrons and Benefactors.


Joint Patron
Joint Benefactor

Figures stated are minimum contributions. For more information email or call us on 01539 888056.

Volunteer with us

Make new friends, work in amazing places and know you are helping to support arts and heritage in Cumbria – three reasons to join us as a volunteer.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to keep active, improve your CV and meet visitors and fellow volunteers who share your passion for promoting the arts and heritage in Cumbria.

As a volunteer you’ll get to see behind the scenes at a busy gallery or museum, working alongside our experienced curators or visitor experience team. Lead tours at Blackwell, deliver talks about our collection at Windermere Jetty Museum or invigilate our exhibitions at Abbot Hall, there are plenty of opportunities when you volunteer with us.

As a volunteer, you will also receive:

  • Year-round free entry to all our venues
  • 50% discount in our cafés
  • 10% discount in our shops
  • A Northern Museums Pass which offers free entry to over 250 museums and galleries throughout the north of England.

Corporate opportunities

Corporate opportunities with us include sponsorship of our exhibitions and events and annual membership through our corporate Patron scheme. Through either of these opportunities, your company and employees will receive unique benefits whilst helping us to achieve our charitable objectives; to promote world-class art and heritage within our region, to help care for our historic buildings and permanent collections, and offer exciting programmes that engage local communities, families and school children.

If you would like to discuss your plans please contact Caroline Gilbert, Head of Development or call 01539 888048.

Become part
of our story.
Become a Friend.

See all our art, heritage and history brought to life. Beautifully.

Enjoy a year's unlimited free entry and exclusive invitations to events at our inspirational,
eye-opening museums and galleries.
All this from just £42.