Helping Museums Sheffield’s legacy to continue

May 17 2018

Wake Smith Solicitors is proud to be supporting Museums Sheffield to develop and grow a legacy programme. It will help to ensure that Weston Park Museum, the Millennium Gallery and Graves Gallery can continue to grow and thrive, ensuring inspirational art and heritage remains free and accessible to everyone.

Suzanne Porter, Director of the Wills and Probate team at Wake Smith, tells us why she is pleased to have the chance to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy Sheffield’s museums and galleries:

“I have always loved Weston Park Museum. My dad used to take me when I was a little girl and we would wander around exploring the exhibits. There was always plenty for my dad to look at, and I loved to get lost within the galleries and find all the hidden treasures. The Museum is where I learnt about the real story of Sheffield, from its geological roots to the people, politics and music.

“The lasting legacy of my visits with my dad is that I now take my own son to the Museum. We have been going since Josh was a baby, and he’s now five. It’s even rubbed off on the relatives – when my parents–in-law come up from Norfolk, they always want to visit Weston Park Museum. A firm family favourite is visiting the polar bear in the Artic World gallery. Snowy the polar bear is a legend.

“Now in my role at Wake Smith I have the chance to help future generations and their families continue to have the opportunity to visit, explore and learn in Museums Sheffield’s wonderful spaces.

“By leaving a gift in your Will to Museums Sheffield you can make a real difference. It will help them to look after and grow the City’s collections, and inspire Sheffield’s people. You will be helping to create a lasting legacy for the next generation of talented artists, makers, designers, engineers, creatives and thinkers.

“Making a Will is simple to do and any gift to Museums Sheffield would be free of Inheritance Tax (IHT). All you have to do is add Museums Sheffield’s registered charity details into your current Will, or include them in a new Will. It is important to have a Will because it is the only way you can be sure that your wishes are carried out, your loved ones are provided for after your death, and your chosen charities don’t miss out on your vital support.

“We always recommend having your Will prepared by a qualified professional. At Wake Smith we can ensure that your Will meets your individual circumstances and most importantly that your assets go exactly where you want them to go.”

Sheffield has a rich and generous history of giving and philanthropy, from John Ruskin and J G Graves through to the many visitors who give via donation boxes every day. It costs more than £3 million each year to run the Millennium Gallery, Weston Park Museum and Graves Gallery, so donations and gifts from visitors and supporters are vital in helping Museums Sheffield to continue to deliver inspiring and ambitious exhibitions, events and pioneering learning and outreach activities.

For further information and advice on making or amending a Will, and leaving a gift to Museums Sheffield, please contact Wake Smith Solicitors via their website or call 0114 266 6660

Image (left - right): Grace Brierley, Partnership Development Officer at Museums Sheffield, Suzanne Porter, Director of the Wills and Probate Team at Wake Smith, and Kim Streets, Chief Executive at Museums Sheffield.


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