Create a Legacy

Over the centuries, the Royal Navy has influenced the culture, traditions, government and laws of the country we live in and continues to do so today. Over our various sites, we have two million items to tell this story, and they encompass subjects ranging from geography to engineering, medicine to popular culture, citizenship to history, technology to cultural diversity – and beyond.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy knows how important it is to preserve and maintain the history of the Royal Navy, and the legacies of the thousands of men, women and children who have played a vital role.

Remembering The National Museum of the Royal Navy in your Will, after you have provided for loved ones, will enable the National Museum to keep the past alive for future generations.
Ways to support us with a legacy

There are three main ways you can remember us in your will:

  1. Residuary gift – This can be all or a percentage of your estate once all other bequests and costs have been deducted.
  2. Pecuniary gift – This is a particular sum of money e.g. £3,000.
  3. Specific gift – This is a particular item or belonging.

Leaving a legacy or donating an item to the museum is tax efficient for the donor and can make a huge difference to our work.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to inform The National Museum of the Royal Navy that I have included a gift in my will?
You are under no obligation to tell us if you have left a gift to The National Museum of the Royal Navy in your Will. This is entirely at your own discretion and is never legally binding. If you would like to let us know, we would love to hear from you.

How do I find a solicitor?
We are part of the National Free Wills Network which entitles our supporters to a free Will writing service. Once you have applied to use the National Free Wills Network, they will provide you with a list of local solicitors to book an appointment with. If you would like to find out more about this service then please contact us to discuss further on 02392 891370 Ext.2098.

How do I amend my will?
You can make changes to your Will using a codicil form. You must sign a codicil and get it witnessed in the same way as witnessing a Will. You can approach your solicitor directly about this.

What could your legacy help to support?
Your legacy will help the National Museum of the Royal Navy to continue its vital conservation work of our naval heritage.

The National Museum runs an outstanding learning programme which benefits over 35,000 formal learning visits annually with over 91,000 hours of learning-based contact time.

Tribute funds

You can also set up an online tribute fund to remember a loved one while supporting the work of The National Museum of the Royal Navy. You will be given a dedicated page which you can invite family and friends to donate to, building a lasting tribute to your loved one.

Setting up a tribute fund is a simple way to remember someone special. If you would like further information about setting up a tribute fund please do get in touch with us.

Where can I leave my legacy?
You can leave a legacy to any part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy you wish. This includes any of our sites and attractions. The National Museum of the Royal Navy is a member of the National Free Wills Network, to find out more information please contact us.

  1. While we would be delighted to hear that you have remembered The National Museum of the Royal Navy in your Will, there is no obligation to include a gift to the National Museum or to inform us of any inclusions or changes.
  2. If using the National Free Wills Network, the National Museum will pay for a simple Will to be written at a discretionary rate. This offer is limited
  3. You can leave a legacy to the National Museum at any age but the free Will offer is only available to those over 55 years of age.
  4. Your support is greatly appreciated. We recognise that this is a personal decision to be made in your own time and we will use your gift wisely to help keep the story of the Royal Navy alive.

To further discuss leaving a legacy to The National Museum of the Royal Navy please contact: fundraising@nmrn.org.uk  or call 02392 891370 Ext. 2098

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands