A decorated spouted ewer, with a black handle and spout.

Godman Circle

How to join

Email: patrons@britishmuseum.org
Phone: +44 (0)20 7323 8421
Or get in touch using our form

Become a Godman Circle Patron.

Godman Circle Patrons are given the opportunity to engage with the Museum's world-class exhibitions and enjoy private out-of-hour tours with like-minded people.

  • Godman Circle Patrons generously make an annual gift of £1,500
    • Benefit value: £500
    • Suggested donation: £1,000+

To become part of our principal Patrons' circle, please contact us today.

Benefits include:

  • An invitation to the Patrons' Open House – a night at the Museum exclusively for Patrons.
  • Invitations to Patrons' previews of major exhibitions and curator-led tours of exhibitions and galleries.
  • Opportunities to view the Museum's major exhibitions outside of Museum opening hours at regular early morning viewings.
  • Free entry for you and a guest to all paying exhibitions.
  • 10% discount in the Museum's shops, cafés and restaurants.
  • Regular mailings and correspondence, including the British Museum Magazine, Patrons' e-newsletters and seasonal guides to exhibitions, talks and events at the Museum.
  • Acknowledgement in the Annual review.

Frederick DuCane Godman

The Godman Circle is named after Frederick DuCane Godman and his daughter Edith, for the extraordinary collection of some 600 ceramics, from medieval Iran and the Ottoman world, along with Hispano-Moresque pottery from Spain which the Museum received by bequest from Edith Godman in 1983.

This collection had been put together by one of the great collectors of Islamic art – Edith's father Frederick DuCane Godman (1834–1919). Frederick was an ornithologist and Trustee of the British Museum, well known for his pioneering work of 63 volumes Biologia Centrali Americana – a survey of flora and fauna of Mexico and Central America.

Get in touch

If you'd like to become part of our principal Patrons’ circle, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

We will process your personal data because we need to in order to provide you with the information you have requested from us. Your personal data will only be used by us to communicate with you about your request for Patrons information and we will only share it for this purpose. We will keep your personal data just for as long as we need it to process your request and we will delete it following the completion of the response.

Please see our Privacy policy for more details about how we use your personal data and about your rights or contact the Museum’s Data Protection Officer at Compliance@britishmuseum.org, telephone 020 7323 8000.