In addition to helping build and make the most of public collections, we support museums and their visitors through a number of other ways, from conducting research to influencing government policy and stimulating debate.
Campaigning for change
We campaign publicly as well as behind the scenes for a range of government policy changes to make museums better places. We worked with partners to bring about free admission to national museums, and for several years we have campaigned for the introduction of tax incentives to encourage gifts of art to museums. Beginning in 2013, the ‘Cultural Gifts Scheme’ will reduce income tax, capital gains tax or corporation tax in return for the donation of works of art or objects to national collections. You can download our free Guide to giving art here.
We also worked recently with the Charities Aid Foundation and a consortium of other partners to encourage the government to make a U-turn on its proposal to cap tax relief on donations to charities at £50,000 or 25% of income. The charity sector breathed a sigh of relief when the government announced its U-turn in May 2012, a policy that would have had a detrimental impact on all charities, but particularly the arts, which rely on a small number of philanthropists for support. This is a fitting example of how working together with other organisations can bring about fundamental change.