Friends of the Guards Museum

Postcards

The Society has produced a limited edition of just 250 sets of six postcards depicting the six regiments of Foot Guards that served in World War One.

They can be obtained by post from The Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London SW1E 6HQ or in person from the Toy Soldier Centre.

The cost of the set of six postcards is £8, cheques made payable to Society of Friends Guards Museum.


The Society now has another set of 6 postcards for sale. They depict the three Foot Guards regiments at Waterloo. The cost is the same as the previous World War One set above.


Become a Friend

As many of you will know, The Foot Guards are blessed with an excellent Museum thanks in no small way to the fine efforts of Captain David Horn who acted as Curator until his retirement. The museum has now been open for 20 years, its creation being possible through the funds raised by an appeal fund organised by Colonel Andrew Duncan and Major Ian Calvocoressi in the 1980's.

Creating a museum and maintaining a museum are two very different challenges. We receive considerable support from the Ministry of Defence in the form of premises and services and some assistance with staff costs, and for this we are extremely grateful. However, there are still significant sums to be found each year to allow us to keep our doors open to the public seven days a week.

It is appropriate that our fine regiments are represented by a museum that is widely regarded as being first class, a view that is upheld in the comments in the visitors book. The trustees are united in their commitment to keep the museum in a position of pre-eminence and are currently considering a range of initiatives that will generate the income needed to fund projects to achieve this aim. Grant making bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund have been generous in their support of regimental museums but commonly they now look to provide matched funding, placing a very proper responsibility on museums to help themselves by raising funds through their own efforts.

The Trustees are not inclined to follow the path of other museums by running a series of appeal funds preferring to build a support group who can actively participate in preserving our heritage for future generations. With this in mind, we have a Society of Friends whose sole purpose is to support and sustain the museum and its activities. This is a far more practical form of assistance and one that carries positive benefits for both the museum and its supporters.

Membership of the Society is available at a number of different levels with specific benefits accruing to each level. The prime driver for the creation of the society, undoubtedly, is to provide an on-going source of funding, but it is equally important to ensure that we generate interest and commitment from a large group and in doing so provide that group with enjoyable and rewarding activities and information products.

Probably the most effective and painless way of supporting the museum is to ensure that you complete the Gift-Aid form and this allows us to claim back your hard earned tax. This has a double benefit in that the museum derives more income from your kind donation and you get the warm glow of satisfaction knowing that the Chancellor is then compelled to become a significant supporter of The Foot Guards - something that would please him immensely, no doubt.

Currently, there are many regimental museums facing closure for a variety of reasons - please act today to help us establish a solid financial foundation to avoid our museum facing a similar future.

Paul Murphy 
Chairman of The Guards Museum Management Committee

Individual Membership

How to become a friend:

If you would like to become a Friend of The Guards Museum there are two categories of membership available to individuals - Life Membership and Annual Membership (separate terms apply to Corporate Membership). As membership grows more privileges will be come available.

Life Membership

A single Gift Aid donation of £500.00 or more will entitle the donor to life membership of The Friends of The Guards Museum. Donation may be in the form of a payment by cheque/bankers Draft or by gifting a 'qualifying investment', for example, share and/or securities listed on the UK Stock Exchange.

Privileges:

Lifetime free entrance to the museum for the donor and up to four other adults (children are free and numbers are not restricted).

15% discount on all purchases in either the museum or in the Toy Soldier Centre on items priced at £10 or more.

An informative four-monthly newsletter "The Bearskin" (February, July and October).

A copy of "The Small Bearskin" issued from time to time to keep you informed of Society and Museum activities.

33% reduction on the cost of museum-led events such as lecture dinners and concerts.

A silver coloured membership card.

Download enrolment form/bank standing order form (PDF)

Life Membership Plus

There is a special category within life membership for those who wish to make a Gift Aid contribution of more than £1,000. This category is likely to be a relatively select group and will accrue a much wider range of benefits and privileges. These will include (but not restricted to):

Privileges:

All Privileges as listed for standard Life Members above.

An informative four-monthly newsletter "The Bearskin" (February, July and October).

A copy of "The Small Bearskin" issued from time to time.

A seat at the Colonel's Review (2nd Rehearsal for Trooping the Colour) for the Donor and one other adult.

 

Attendance at an annual cocktail party, (when number permit).

A visit to the Ceremony of The Keys at HM Tower of London, (when number permit).

Guaranteed priority booking for any Museum-led events such as lecture dinners and concerts.

A gold coloured membership card.

Download enrolment form/bank standing order form (PDF)

Corporate Membership

If you own your own business or enjoy a position of influence within a company you are urged to consider the benefits associated with becoming a Corporate Friend of the Guards Museum.

For a donation of £2,000 per year or more your company can enjoy the following benefits:

Privileges:

50% reduction in venue hire fee, currently worth £1,250 per hiring.

 15 per cent discount on purchases in the Toy Soldier Centre when spending over £10.

An informative four-monthly newsletter "The Bearskin" (February, July and October).

A copy of "The Small Bearskin" issued from time to time to inform you of Society and Museum activities.

Free cocktail party (when number permit).

Priority booking for museum-led events such as lecture-dinners and concerts.

Ability to apply for up to 10 tickets for the Colonel's Review (2nd Rehearsal for Trooping the Colour). This event can be followed by a three course luncheon with wine at the museum at a preferential rate. A truly unique way of treating your corporate guests!

Authority to use pre-agreed images of the museum in corporate literature stating that your company is an active supporter of this heritage centre.

One free Children's afternoon visit for up to 30 children to include dressing up as a guardsmen and having souvenir photographs taken with accompanying certificate, a treasure hunt followed by tea and cakes.

Download enrolment form/bank standing order form (PDF)

Individual Annual Membership

A Gift Aid donation of £35 or more (but less than £500) paid by annually, quarterly or monthly Bankers Standing Order will entitle the donor to Annual membership of The Friends of The Guards Museum. In certain exceptional circumstances payment will be accepted in the form of cash or cheque.

Privileges:

Free entrance to the museum for the donor and one other adult for the year of membership, (children are free and numbers are not restricted).

A 10% discount on all purchases in either the museum or in the Toy Soldier Centre when spending £10 or more.

An informative four-monthly newsletter "The Bearskin" (February, July and October).

A copy of "The Small Bearskin" issued from time to time informing you of Society and Museum activities..

Attendance at an annual cocktail party, (when number permit).

10% reduction on the cost of museum-led events such as lecture dinners and concerts.

A bronze coloured membership card.

 

Download enrolment form/bank standing order form (PDF)