Becoming a member of an arts or heritage organisation can offer all manner of benefits for you or your gift recipient, including special events, free or discounted entry and regular newsletters. You'll also be doing your bit to help support the UK's cultural activities. Here's a selection of what is on offer.
Become a part of British Motorsport history by owning a square yard of Brooklands Banking – the race track that was built in 1907 and where it all began. This innovative scheme will give you a certificate, a place on our interactive Banking on Brooklands website along with a dedication of your choosing. An ideal way to commemorate an anniversary or a unique Christmas idea, this is one gift that they definitely won’t have received before!
Tel: 01932 857381 ext 241
A gift doesn’t have to be just for Christmas. Why not treat someone special this festive season to the gift that lasts all year? English Heritage’s Gift of Membership is the perfect present to treat a loved one, giving them great days out to over 400 amazing properties all year round. Your Gift of Membership comes as a beautifully packaged voucher and booklet, ready for your recipient to redeem when they choose.
Tel: 0870 333 1187
Membership to Historic Royal Palaces makes the perfect Christmas gift, giving the lucky recipient free and unlimited access to The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, The Banqueting House, Kensington Palace and Kew Palace*. Members enjoy a packed calendar of exclusive events at the palaces all year round, plus lots of other exclusive benefits. There has never been a better time to be part of our historic royal family!
*A Kew Gardens ticket must be purchased separately in order to access Kew Palace
Tel: 0844 482 7788
This holiday season give your loved one an enriching experience that will last all year. British Museum members enjoy free, unlimited entry to all special exhibitions, and can learn more about the objects in the museum's collection with a free subscription to the British Museum Magazine. Members can also enjoy exclusive evening events, with opportunities for private viewings of exhibitions, curator-led tours, lectures and performances.
Tel: +44 (0)207 323 8195
If you know someone with a passion for people, art and history, Membership of the National Portrait Gallery will make the perfect gift for Christmas. Members enjoy free and direct entry into all of our ticketed exhibitions, with highlights including the highly anticipated Man Ray Portraits (7 February to 27 May 2013) and a fascinating exhibition about society in the reign of Elizabeth I in autumn 2013. Members can also make the most of the Gallery through a range of special Members’ events, an exclusive magazine and discounts in the Portrait Restaurant, Café and shops. Membership is available from just £45
Tel: 0207 321 6283
Membership of IWM Friends is the perfect gift for anyone with an interest in the impact of 20th and 21st century conflict on people’s lives. IWM Friends enjoy a range of privileges including free entry to paying exhibitions at IWM London, and free admission to IWM Duxford, the Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, as well as a special events programme and an annual subscription to Despatches magazine.
Tel: 020 7416 5255/5372
Royal Armouries is the United Kingdom’s national museum of arms and armour, including artillery, and is recognised as one of the ﬁnest collections of its kind in the world. Our Patrons receive VIP invitations to special events and exhibition previews at all three of our museums – Tower of London, Leeds and Fort Nelson. Annual membership (£1,500) also includes the opportunity to fire one of our big guns, plus regular updates, keeping Patrons in touch with the projects they are supporting
Tel: 0113 220 1915
Do you know someone who would love to drive a tram or steam engine, learn Victorian cooking or proggy mat making? Our gift vouchers for a wide range of short courses make a unique Christmas gift. Or why not treat a loved one to a year’s entry to Beamish with a voucher for an Unlimited Pass, or membership to Friends of Beamish? Details about all these gifts are available at www.beamish.org.uk.
Tel: 0191 370 4000