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Help Restore the Victorian Toll House at Chiltern Open Air Museum

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Donate towards the restoration of our Victorian Toll House

This Giving Tuesday we hope you will continue to support our vital conservation work by making a donation, no matter how small or large, towards the restoration of our Victorian Toll House that originally stood in High Wycombe.  Why not take a look around the Toll House.

Each year 50,000 buildings are demolished in the UK. Many of these are of great historic and cultural importance to their communities.

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a charity that rescues historic buildings from your community that would otherwise be demolished to make way for new developments. They are rebuilt at the Museum to secure their future and preserve them for the enjoyment of all.

Every building in our unique collection was once the home or workplace of ordinary people – a history rarely preserved.  

As a self-funding Museum, we receive no regular government or council grants. Instead, we rely on donations and admission fees to fund the maintenance of our historic buildings and continue our vital conservation work.

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Created in 2012, Giving Tuesday was a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the last decade, it has grown into a global movement that inspires millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

Every penny counts so do please consider donating.

Giving Tuesday Nov 28, 2023

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Donate to our Charity

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Children taking part in a bushcraft charity at Ciltern Open Air Museum.

We rely on your support

Our museum is a charity. We receive no regular local or national funding. We have fantastic volunteers who help us stay open, but we still need to keep the lights on, care for our historic buildings, feed the animals and much much more!

We also support our local community with social prescribing projects such as our Accompanied Walks for over 60s who are socially isolated. We seek funding to support school visits from deprived areas and SEN schools.

It costs over £2000 a day to keep our lovely patch of countryside and special heritage buildings open and enjoyable for everyone. You can make sure we go on doing that with a donation. And if you pay UK tax then you can make that donation worth over 20% more to us at no cost to you by signing up to Gift Aid it.

Thank you for helping us to go on making the Museum a special place.

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A regular gift would be a special help to us

If you can help, please make a one-off or regular donation online. Alternatively, you can contact Gill on development@coam.org.uk for information on other ways to donate.

What your gift could do for us :

  • £5 could buy seeds to help our traditional gardens grow
  • £10 could help us buy feed for our animals
  • £20 could help us buy tree saplings to plant in our Chilterns woodland
  • £50 could support our outreach work to vulnerable children and adults
  • £100 will help us preserve our heritage buildings for future generations

Thank you so much

“People often tell me that Chiltern Open Air Museum is their favourite place. If it is one of your favourite places please do consider making a regular financial contribution to our vision of keeping Chiltern landscape, architecture and skills alive.”  Verena Clark, Museum Chair.

Chiltern Open Air Museum is a registered charity (no.272381)

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A great charity which needs your support!

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Chiltern Open Air Museum is a charity

The Museum is a registered charity and independent museum which receives no regular local or national financial support to help towards its running costs of over £1,000 per day.  We’re grateful for the fantastic support we receive from our volunteers, Friends of the Museum Association, our Chilterns links, heritage and arts organisations, and from visitors’ donations.

We are a registered charity (no.272381)


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