Support Us

There are many ways to support the Toy Museum, both monetary and through giving your time which will help us continue to house and display the important collections here.

 

Become a Volunteer

Want to play with your spare time? Then why not help look after some treasured toys? We always welcome new volunteers to fill a range of important roles, from manning the shop, general maintenance and administrative tasks to accountancy and legal work. We also need people who can fulfil our need for marketing, publicity, newsletters, promotion, graphic design and artwork. We can find you the perfect job role in relation to your skills and expertise. If you know of anybody or you yourself would like to volunteer please contact us at the museum. It is the support of our loyal volunteers that keeps the museum open. Also, as a volunteer, you get to see the exhibits as often as you like!

Download our Volunteer application form here.

 

Become a Member

If you’re up to 15 years old or a student with a valid ID you can become a,

Junior/ Student Member
£30(Download Application Form)
£25 (Sussex Residents) Download Application Form)

Junior membership entitles you to:

  • Free entrance for 1 year (excluding special events)
  • Concession price entry for 1 accompanying adult
  • Advance notice of special events – running days etc.
  • Half price entrance to our museum day events
  • Seasonal newsletter with museum and event updates

Adult Member
£40 (Download Application Form)

£35 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

If there are two of you at the same address who’d like membership then you can apply for,

Adult Member + 1 – £60 (Download Application Form)

£50 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

Senior Member
£30 For the over 60s (Download Application Form)

£25 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

Senior Member + 1 – For two over 60s living at the same address
£40 (Download Application Form)

£35 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

If you’d like a membership for your family of 2 adults and up to 3 children then,

Family Membership
£85 (Download Application Form)

£65 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

By becoming a Member you’ll be entitled to:

  • One year’s free entry to the Museum (excluding special events)
  • Half price entry to our day events
  • Seasonal Newsletter with Museum and event updates
  • Advanced notice of all special events before they’re announced to the public
  • Use of our archive/ resource room (by appointment only, conditions apply)
Become a Patron

Those able to offer greater support are invited to become Patrons.

Patron –
£80 (Download Application Form)
£70 (Sussex Residents)(Download Application Form)

As a Patron you will receive:

  • One year free entrance for yourself and one other person
  • Free entrance to all Museum day events
  • Your name on a publicly situated list in the entrance area
  • Seasonal newsletter with Museum and event updates
  • Use of our archive/ resource room (by appointment only, conditions apply)

Life Patron
£500 (Download Application Form)

£400 (Sussex Residents) (Download Application Form)

As a Life Patron you will receive:

  • Free entrance for yourself a guest for life
  • Free entrance to all Museum day events
  • Your name on a publicly situated list in the entrance area
  • Your name on our website and in our newsletter
  • Invitation to special private running evenings
  • Discounted rates for the use of the Museum for private functions
  • Seasonal newsletter with Museum and event updates
  • Use of our archive/ resource room (by appointment only, conditions apply)
Sponsorship

With so much going on at the Museum, there has never been a better time to get involved. Why not join our Sponsors by contributing to one of our exciting project initiatives?

We are currently looking for sponsors for the continuing improvement to our ‘00’ and ‘0’ Gauge train layouts, the Museum Management Fund and contributions towards Museum running costs. Support the project of your choice with a one-off payment for a year’s sponsorship, and by gift aiding your donation, your money will go even further.

As well as funding all these exciting initiatives we are always looking for further monetary donations to supplement the huge contribution of time made by our loyal team of volunteers. Donations will go towards the restoration and maintenance of exhibits, the education programme, improvements to the exterior of the building, improved lighting and signage, new acquisitions to add to the exhibits and other everyday expenses such as rent, insurance, heating and lighting. Your donations play an important part in safeguarding our internationally important collections for public enjoyment and the education of present and future generations.
So, here’s how you can sponsor the Museum…

Management Fund
£5 to £10 per week (£250/500 pa)  to help pay for our essential management staff who keep the museum running and open to the public

Museum Running costs
sponsor ongoing museum improvements or a specific exhibit for £100 +
or
a showcase with your name attributed for £500 +

Download the Sponsorship Application form here

Donations

There are several ways to donate to the museum, all of which help us safeguard our heritage for present and future generations. So, what can you donate?

We are currently trying to raise £3,300.00 to allow us to retain three of our exhibits. Please have a look at our Purchase appeal page to see the details of the items we are trying to save and how you can help.

Money

The simplest way to help us is to donate some money using the ‘Donate’ button below using your Paypal account.

donate

We are also able to accept donations by cheque through the post or in cash if you are able to come into the museum itself.

GIFT AID. If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation which means we are able to claim some money back from HMRC and every little helps. This happens automatically if you donate through PayPal but otherwise all you need to do is give us your Name, Postcode and House number.

Collector’s items

Donate a collector’s items to the Collections Trust to enrich the museum’s collections; your donation will be catalogued and added to our inventory, improving an already superb variety of toys and models.

Legacies

Leaving a legacy to the Littledale-Brough Trust (Collections Trust) is one way that you can help secure the museum’s future. Your contribution, no matter what size, can be used in different ways such as to help fund the running of the museum, to acquire new items for the collections, to fund restoration projects or to help fund and improve our education programme. This of course is dependent on the legatee’s specific wishes. Furthermore, the Brighton Toy and Model Museum is a registered charity and the Collections Trust has charitable tax status. This means that any bequests made under a legacy can be made free of Inheritance Tax. If you wish to bequeath a toy, model or collection to the Toy Museum, we urge you to contact us to ensure it is appropriate to the Museum Collections.

 

Other ways to offer support

Haven’t got the time?
You don’t have to be a regular volunteer to support the museum but you can still help us to encourage and entice visitors through our doors. So how can YOU help? How about encouraging your friends and/or relatives to visit us? Or introduce them to our friends, patrons and corporate schemes? Easy…

If you have school age children or grandchildren, let their teacher know about us. Last year we provided fun and educational sessions to over 60 schools from and around Sussex. Educational visits are themed specifically to the Key Stage each group will be learning, and with interactive learning, we provide the opportunity for children to move away from the classroom to a safe environment where history comes to life. Covering a range of topics, from toys and movement, comparing new and old, mechanics and materials, our sessions are consistent with the national curriculum and more importantly we make learning FUN!

Another way you can make a difference is advertising locally for us. From distributing our leaflet around your area to finding and befriending us on Facebook or Twitter. You’d be raising our profile and giving people the opportunity to come and learn about our heritage. If you are a collector then no doubt you regularly attend collectors’ events such as toy fairs and enthusiasts’ meetings. How about taking some of our brochures and spreading the word? We always have plenty of promotional material so if you’re going to a toy fair, auction, steam rally or collectors event just drop by the museum first and pick up a bundle of flyers!