Become a Friend


The Friends of the Merchant's House are a large and committed group who have chosen to support the work of the Trust. They demonstrate local recognition of the project as well as appreciation of its larger significance, particularly to grant-giving bodies.

The group’s existence also gives encouragement to the many volunteers who offer their time and energy to the work of the Trust. Furthermore, the subscriptions Friends pay and the support they give to events are a valuable source of financial help.
merchants house painting by Emily
Picture by Emily, aged 9

Benefits of being a Friend

  • Free admission to the House at any time it is open to the public
  • Journals - articles by expert historian and other local contributors
  • Newsletters - updates on the restoration progress, events, fundraising and volunteers
  • Access to the Trust's library and archive
  • £3.00 discount on ticket price for Merchant's House events
  • Invitation to a 20% discount evening in The Merchant's House Shop
  • Free lectures exclusively for Friends
  • Membership costs are £18 per individual and £25 for a couple
Click here to download our Friends leaflet.
Become a Friend leaflet