A Gift in Your Will

“I would not have garnered the necessary expertise to fulfil this role adequately had it not been for my doctoral research funded by the SAHGB.”

Dr Frances Sands, Curator, Sir John Soane Museum

It is thanks to a substantial bequest from the estate of one of our members, historic house specialist Jonathan Vickers, that the Society was able to establish its PhD Scholarships in 2007. These awards are now at the heart of the Society’s commitment to foster academic excellence by supporting talented individuals and nurturing and encouraging the next generation of architectural historians.

But it doesn’t have to be on such a grand scale. Smaller bequests have helped to fund prizes, awards and grants, celebrating and supporting the very best research and publications. A legacy gift from you, no matter the amount, is always welcome and beneficial.

Indeed, leaving a gift in your will is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we can continue to inspire learning and knowledge in the history of architecture for everyone.

In April 2012, to encourage charitable giving, the government introduced an inheritance tax breakfor people who leave more than 10 per cent of their estate to charity.

Or you may wish to give a gift in memory of someone close. For example, the Society’s James Morris Essay Prizefor Colonial and Post-Colonial Architecture was generously endowed by Dr Simon Morris in memory of his grandfather, architect James Morris, who worked in South Africa from 1902,including a period spent in the office of Sir Herbert Baker.

If you are thinking of leaving a gift, we’d be happy to talk to you about the different ways in which you could help the Society. Please contact Secretary / fundraising officer

There’s no need to tell us – that’s very much up to you – but if you or your solicitor do wish to discuss any aspect of it, please contact Secretary / fundraising officer

An unrestricted bequest for the general benefit of the Society is usually the most useful type in the long term as the Society’s activities may change over time. This way you can ensure your gift will always meet our charitable objectives.

Your legacy might be a specific sum of money or a percentage of your total estate. You can incorporate this if you are making a new will, or you can add a properly-drawn-up codicil to an existing one. Your solicitor may want to know that the Society’s full name is the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain and that it is Registered Charity no. 236432 in England and Wales.

We thank you warmly for your generosity and support.