support us

The Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust, which is responsible for the running of the Museum, is a registered charity which relies entirely for its income on member subscriptions, donations, Gift Aid and sales of publications


The Museum is located, rent free, in the old Farmhouse within the grounds of the Bishop’s Waltham Palace, managed by English Heritage.  In return, the Trust opens and closes the Palace throughout the year with the help of the Parish Council.  We also keep the grounds free from litter and report any problems to English Heritage. 

English Heritage makes no charge for visiting the Palace and its grounds, and we also like to keep entry to the Museum free.  However, it is really, really helpful to receive small donations from our daily visitors or larger donations to help with something specific.

If you would like to make a donation please contact us at

or by cash or cheque, payable to Bishop’s Waltham Museum Trust  or by direct payment from your bank to ours. 

Details can be found on the attached form - if you can also add Gift Aid on the form, that would be help us even more.


Museum Membership

We love our museum Friends and their annual membership subscriptions are vital for the success of the Museum.  With this regular income, the Trust is able to house, maintain and display its collection of photographs, documents and artefacts and to ensure their proper cataloguing and conservation.  We can also create new exhibitions every year, invite speakers, and host social events. As well as helping to preserve the heritage of Bishop’s Waltham, Friends receive two newsletters each year which keep them abreast of Museum developments and local history.

Come and join us! A membership application form can be found here.



There would be no museum without our fantastic team of volunteers, who include everyone including the Trustees, the Stewards and Collections assistants.  Most of the volunteers act as stewards when the Museum is open in the summer. Stewards work in pairs on two hour shifts and provide a valuable link with our visitors. Our visitors frequently have local knowledge and an interesting tale or two to tell, but we also get a lot of international visitors attracted by the Palace ruins.  Training is provided, and with an interest in history and in conversing sociably with others, the role can be both satisfying and enjoyable.  For those perhaps less inclined to be stewards, volunteers also help with creating the exhibitions, looking after the collection, cataloguing new finds, collecting new (or is that old) oral histories and researching the collection.

If you would love to join our team of volunteers in any capacity, please contact us!

Opening Hours

Palace Grounds   1st April - 30th September: Open daily from 10am - 6pm

1st October - 31st March: Open weekends and bank holidays 10am - 4pm

Alteration: October to 31st March 2021: Grounds will stay open every day 10am - 4pm

Museum: 22nd May 2021 - 31th October 2021: Open weekends and bank holidays 12 - 4pm

3 Station Road, Bishop's Waltham, Southampton, England. SO32 1DH (Car Park: SO32 1SB)


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