As a patron of Tullie House you create impact. Your support helps us to provide great art, culture and heritage in Carlisle and Cumbria, creating opportunities, experiences and learning for all.

We use our buildings and collections to tell stories, explore the world around us and transform lives;

  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is one of Carlisle and Cumbria's greatest cultural assets. It is a museum and art gallery which bridges the global and the local, that is renowned for the quality of its collections, exhibitions and engagement programme. 
  • Your support helps us to care for the collections which are the catalyst underpinning all of this activity.
  • Together we can create a museum fit for the 21st century, that unleashes creativity, is curatorially informed and audience focused.

Our Patrons understand the immense value of learning about and engaging with collections. They understand the need to record and preserve stories from the past, to share the present and to shape the future. Our Patrons appreciate and explore world culture, history, science and the arts through local, national and international perspectives. Our Patrons understand and value culture and the role it can play in changing people’s lives, and they want to play a part in making this happen.

As a Patron, you can contribute as much as you wish.

As well as unlimited admission for you and a guest to the museum, we offer the opportunity to dine with the Museum Director; the chance to access rarely-seen collections through a behind-the-scenes visit; invitations to exhibition previews; select engagements with Trustees, partners and lenders; and be part of significant conversations around the direction and future of the museum.

Patron donations begin at £500 per year, although increased donations through financial or in-kind contributions are welcome.

To find out more about becoming a Patron please email to discuss how you can have real impact on the inspiring work of Tullie House Museum.

If you would like to become a Patron please join online by visiting our online ticket website here


Our thanks go to our patrons for their generous support:

Guy Booth
Sandy and Averyl Bradbrook
Roger and Mary Cooke
Dr Jim Fortheringham and Marcia Reid Fotheringham, JP
Philip Howard
Sir Mark Jones and Camilla Toulmin
Simon and Margaret Long
Howard T McLean
Mrs Jessica Riddle
Andrew and Diana Smith
Gerald and Margo Smith
Caroline Thomson and Roger Liddle
Valerie Young
and those who wish to remain anonymous


Image credit: The Red Lacquer Cabinet (detail), Graham Robertson