Donations, Bequests & Loans


The Museum is always interested in considering offers for the loan or donation of transport related collections or artifacts, and items relevant to the social history of the 1950s and 1960s, for inclusion in its archives and displays. Likewise, it is also interested in bequests of such collections and items. Each collection or item will be considered on its own merits and the Museum cannot guarantee it will be able to accept a collection or item. Therefore, if you plan to donate large items, or will have to travel a long distance, it is advisable to check that we are likely to be interested in the object(s) first. Enquiries and offers can be made by e-mail or by writing to the Managing Director at the Museum address, or by using our general enquiry email address.


With the Museum being a Registered Charity (No. 514382), privately funded and operated entirely by volunteers, it always welcomes the donation of funds and bequests of money by individuals, either for particular projects or towards the general enhancement and operation of the Museum. Organisations, if they pay Corporation Tax, may be able to offset their donations to charity against their tax.

Donations of any size, large or small, and made by individuals or organisations, and membership subscriptions, can now be made by way of Gift Aid - indeed, this way of making donations and paying membership subscriptions is encouraged - thereby enabling the Museum to recover the tax paid on the donation. This currently means that each donation is worth an extra 25% to us. A Gift Aid Declaration form is available HERE (PDF) for your use. A form may also be obtained direct from the Museum or by writing to the Museum address (please included an SAE).

Making a bequest to a Registered Charity may reduce Inheritance Tax liabilities. Advice on making bequests should be sought from a legal or financial advisor.

Donations may be handed in at the Museum, or sent by post to the Museum Address- (cheques should be made payable to "Sandtoft Transport Centre Limited") - please do not send cash to us by post.

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