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Remembering the Gallery in your Will

Dulwich Picture Gallery was founded by the generous bequest of the collection from art dealers Noel Desenfans and Sir Francis Bourgeois, and a generous gift in the Will of Margaret Desenfans (nee Morris), Desenfans' widow, which paid for the Picture Gallery to be built.

Now as then, leaving a gift to the Gallery in your Will is one of the most effective ways to ensure that we can continue to improve people’s lives through art.

In 2011 the government launched the Legacy 10 scheme under which anyone leaving 10% of their taxable estate to charity will pay a reduced rate of inheritance tax. A bequest from you, no matter the amount, will be warmly welcomed and faithfully remembered as it shapes this much-loved Gallery's future.

If you choose to remember the Gallery in your Will and inform us of your intention to do so you will be included in our Margaret Morris Society – a growing group of dedicated supporters who have chosen to remember the Gallery.

For a confidential chat to a member of the team about remembering the Gallery in your Will, please contact Rosie Fenlon on 020 8299 8726 or

Four types of Bequests

A Residuary Gift

This is a gift of the remainder of your estate after all payments, taxes and other bequests have been made. This allows you to take care of your personal commitments and still make a meaningful donation.

A Pecuniary Gift

This is a fixed sum of money decided by you.

A Specific Gift

This is a gift of something valuable including property, stocks or shares. If you are considering leaving specific works of art, we would encourage you to discuss your plans with our curatorial team.

A Reversionary Gift

This is a way to leave your assets to the Gallery while allowing someone else to benefit from them during their lifetime.

We recommend that you consult with a Solicitor, not the Charity, to ensure that your Will is legally binding and reflects your intentions.