The total cost of the project is approximately £9m. The Heritage Lottery Fund has earmarked £5.2m and we need to raise match funding which includes an ambition plan to raise a further £1m endowment to provide long-term ﬁnancial security.
Thanks to the support of generous individuals and organisations, we are making great progress towards our fundraising target but we still have a long way to go.
Many creative opportunities exist to support the project, from sponsoring specific items to entire galleries, and every gift is appreciated.
£20 could buy a brick in the new heritage wall in the 18th century garden
£500 could help purchase a spotlight in a new gallery
£1,000 could help display a work in the new Drawings Gallery
£5,000 could help conserve a painting for the new Gainsborough Gallery
We will offer public acknowledgement for gifts above £100, but respect those who wish to remain anonymous.
For more information contact:
Mark Bills, Director
Other generous supporters of the project include:
Loyd Grossman OBE; Griff Rhys Jones; Maggi Hambling CBE; Dame Anna Wintour; Nicole Farhi OBE.
We are also grateful to:
John Ellerman Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, John Beale, Suffolk County Council and Sudbury Town Council for supporting the museum.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
Gainsborough’s House Society , Charity No. 1170048 and Company Limited by Guarantee No. 10413978