Patrons of the British Museum

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How Patrons make a difference

From pioneering conservation and research to curatorial posts and educational programmes, Patrons’ involvement is integral to the British Museum’s continued development and success.

Get in touch

For more information about joining as a Patron, please download the Patrons brochure, contact  or call +44 (0)20 7323 8134

Becoming a Patron

Starting at £1,500 per year, or £125 per month, there are four Patron Circles to choose from. Each provides a different way to support and get closer to the Museum, meaning you can pick the option most suited to you. Whether that’s opportunities to meet other Patrons at exclusive exhibition previews or bespoke tours for you and your guests with the Museum’s expert curators, the Patrons’ programme offers the chance to get behind the scenes at the world’s greatest encyclopaedic Museum.

Sloane Circle
£12,000 annually
Donation £10,500 or more
Benefit value £1,500*

Cracherode Circle
£6,000 annually
Donation £5,000 or more
Benefit value £1,000*

Brooke Sewell Circle
£3,000 annually
Donation £2,250 or more
Benefit value £750*

Godman Circle
£1,500 annually
Donation £1,000 or more
Benefit value £500*


* Patron membership consists of two parts: a fee that covers the taxable benefits package, and a discretionary donation to support the work of the British Museum, which qualifies for Gift Aid.


Special Interest Groups

In addition to Patron Circles, there are a number of Special Interest Groups that support acquisitions in specific areas of the Museum’s collection.

Special Interest Groups are invited to a number of events throughout the year – linked to the areas of the collection they are supporting – and have close contact with the relevant curators.

Contemporary and Modern Middle East Acquisitions Group (CaMMEA)

CaMMEA supporters provide essential funding to help acquire contemporary and modern works of art from the Middle East.

Ottley Group

Ottley Group supporters donate to the acquisition of pre-1900 European drawings.

Vollard Group

Vollard Group supporters help to fund the acquisition of post-1945 prints and drawings.

If you are interested in joining a Special Interest Group and would like to contribute towards expanding and sustaining a particular area of the Museum’s collection, we would be delighted to hear from you.