Making a will is first and foremost about looking after the ones we love. But it can also be a chance to leave a gift to a charity whose mission is close to your heart.

Why is the work of the New Forest Heritage Centre important?

We are the only Museum in the New Forest dedicated to telling the story of the Forest.

We house the largest collection of artefacts, documents, books and ephemera on the New Forest anywhere in the world. Through our free entry Museum, Library, Education service and Gallery we inspire our visitors to celebrate and conserve the unique landscape of the New Forest and the flora and fauna that live within it.

Why leave a gift in your will to the New Forest Heritage Centre?

The Centre simply would not exist without the generosity of individuals and organisations. We are run as cost effectively as possible, with a small staff aided by a dedicated team of volunteers and an involved Trustee Board.

A legacy left to the New Forest Heritage Centre is a gift to future generations, giving them the opportunity to learn why the New Forest deserves a special place in their hearts and inspiring them to value and protect the Forest in their own lifetimes.

Leaving a legacy

Gifts left in wills are usually known as legacies, and there are a number of different legacy types to choose from:

  • Pecuniary Legacy - a fixed sum of money
  • Specific Legacy - a specific item of value, such as an item of property, a piece of jewellery or a painting
  • Residuary Legacy - the whole or a percentage of your estate after providing for loved ones and covering administrative expenses

What do I need to do to leave a legacy?

Whatever you decide to do, it is important to ask a legal professional to draw up your will for you. If you've already made a will, your solicitor will be able to make the necessary changes.

Please leave the legacy to the 'New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, registered charity number 279373' - the charity responsible for running the Heritage Centre.

What will happen to my legacy?

We appreciate being able to put gifts to the most pressing area of need at the time of the gift but if you would like your legacy to fund a specific area of our work then we can look at the options with you.

We are always happy to discuss how you would like to be remembered for your legacy. You can also leave a legacy in memory of someone else. Please call our Centre Manager, Giles Gould, on 023 8028 6159 to talk through your wishes.

If you do choose to leave a gift in your will please let us know by emailing [email protected] or calling 023 8028 3444. If you would be happy for us to keep you informed of our work and plans for the future, we will gladly do so.