How you can support Letchworth’s Museum Service

Letchworth’s Museum Service is made up of the Garden City Collection, Museum at One Garden City and the International Garden Cities Exhibition.

In 2020, all our museum services faced closure due to the pandemic. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund, we were able to partially reopen.

However, our longer-term future is uncertain as we can no longer solely rely on the Foundation’s financial support due to a significant drop in income.  

That’s why we are asking you to donate whatever you can to help us continue our work.

Here is how your donation will help

  • £3 will buy special conservation grade storage materials for our priceless historic collections. 

  • £5 will help us scan and share more of our unique and engaging historic photographs across our social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

  • £10 will help us further develop our award-winning ‘Sharing Memories’ reminiscence project for local care homes and day centres.

  • £15 will help us produce more high-quality printed elements of our regularly-changing displays in our micro museum.

  • £20 will provide learning materials for a large school group.


Ways to give

You can make a one-off donation via our donation kiosk located in Museum at One Garden City or visit our Just Giving page where you can also find out how to donate on a more regular basis. 

We are a small team supported by a group of dedicated volunteers, so you can be assured that 100% of your donation will go towards the activities listed above. 

The Collection is home to more than 300,000 historic objects that tell the story of the world’s first garden city.  This includes the archives of the early Garden City Movement, architectural plans, Arts and Crafts furniture made in Letchworth, art and a wealth of social history. 

Museum at One Garden City explores the social history of Letchworth by showcasing items from the Garden City Collection.  Exhibitions combine a variety of household objects, furniture, art, photographs and textiles, as well as an interactive display to fully immerse visitors in the smells and sounds of the first garden city. 

One the drawing offices of one of Letchworth’s chief architects, the Garden Cities Exhibition is home to displays that tell the story of how the garden city movement influenced planning around the world.