How to Make a Donation

Why we need your support

There is much conservation work still to do at the Merchant’s House. Some of the 300 year old wall paintings have yet to be conserved - and perhaps discovered - the kitchen needs restoring and the landings, stairwell window and internal staircase await attention.

To demonstrate how Thomas Bayly and his family lived and worked in the 17th C. we are furnishing the house in the style of around 1680, purchasing items of appropriate furniture and fittings when they become available and when funds permit.

Working to a high standard of craftsmanship and purchasing 300 year old furniture is a costly business. With the help of our Friends and supporters we have already raised £830,000 but are £70,000 short of our current appeal to raise sufficient funds to continue with the restoration of the main house

A donation towards the restoration and conservation of the Merchant’s House will help ensure that this rare example of how people lived and worked in the 17th century will be preserved for years to come. Hopefully an inspiring thought and certainly a most valuable use of your charitable funds!


How recent donations have helped

Thanks to the generosity of individuals and charitable trusts we have recently been able to, for example:
  • Restore the servants' garrets, showing where domestic staff lived and worked
  • Conserve the intricate striped pattern in the kitchen chamber - we now need funds to replicate this pattern around the room
  • Purchase a table for the dining room similar to the one listed in the 17th century inventory
  • Replace plants and a tree in the garden which have succumbed to the winter frosts

How you can give

  • Making a donation of any size by cheque or standing order to The Merchant's House (Marlborough) Trust.  Please call the Trust Office on 01672 511491 if you wish to pay by BACS.  (We are in the proces of setting up an online system - please bear with us)
  • Becoming a Friend - just £18 per year or £25 per couple. Click here for our Friends page
  • Supporting our appeals - from time to time we make an appeal to raise money to buy a much-needed item of furniture or to help finance a particular aspect of the building's restoration
  • Visiting the house and encouraging others to do so - a guided tour is £7.50 for adults £1.00 for children. Click here for our visitors page.
  • Taking part in our events - we have a varied programme of social and educational events with tickets in the region of £6 - £15Click here for our Diary of Events

How our costs are covered

Our outstanding Gift Shop is a vital part of the funding jigsaw. Due to a combination of astute buying, a volunteer sales staff and its High Street location, the Shop makes sufficient profit to cover most of our costs. If you would like to work as a volunteer in the shop please go to our shop and volunteer pages.

Over 100 people volunteer to work at the Merchant’s House in very varied roles and the 240+ hours a week in total they donate help keep our costs to a minimum.

Our costs are kept to a minimum too through the generosity of Marlborough Town Council who rent part of the Merchant’s House to the Trust for literally a peppercorn rent. In return the Trust opens the house to the public, arranges events for the local community and restores and safeguards items of historic interest to the town – the Marlborough Collection. The Marlborough Collection now forms part of the new Marlborough Museum which adjoins the Merchant’s House. Click here to visit the Museum page.
merchants house garden restoration