Welcome to Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity
The Worcestershire Heritage, Art and Museums charity was the inspiration of our Founder Professor Rolf Olsen. Rolf wanted to support the enhancement of cultural life in Worcester, the home that he and his late wife Shirley had loved for over 20 years.
Rolf’s specific vision was to increase the Art Gallery & Museum’s reputation as a regionally significant art gallery. In addition, Rolf wanted to support projects that encourage many different groups of people to engage with, learn and to enjoy their interactions with the Museums. He was the driving force – laying the foundation stones, creating a road map for success and becoming the charity’s first donor.
Sadly Rolf passed away in 2022 but the energy and commitment that he put into the early stages has enabled the Trustees to move forward and to turn his dream for the Art Gallery and Museum into reality. We are so proud to be able to do this for Rolf and Shirley.
Whether you are already a Museum Member, would like to become a Trustee, are interested in the progress we make or would like to make a donation, we are always happy to hear from you.
Caroline Naisbitt (Chair of Trustees)
Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums is set up for the following charitable purposes:
The promotion of the appreciation and enjoyment of art, culture, heritage and science for the public benefit, by encouraging the public to participate and engage with museums and related services operated by Museums Worcestershire.
We focus our support in the following areas:
To improve public access to and enjoyment of the cultural heritage of Worcestershire through the public collections and museums managed by Museums Worcestershire.
To support projects that use engagement with these public collections and museums, and the expertise of Museums Worcestershire, to respond to local needs by offering public benefit.
Worcestershire Heritage, Art and Museums Trustees
Left to right: Mike Johnson, Philippa Tinsley (Museums Manager), Rolf Olsen, Caroline Naisbitt, Iain Rutherford.
Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums has supported Museums Worcestershire to purchase two paintings by Dame Laura Knight for Worcester’s art collection in 2022, ‘Beulah’ and ‘Lake Windermere and the Langdale Pikes’ (below).
The two works are a significant addition to the collection, which majors in works by British Impressionists and already includes three works by Knight who was a frequent visitor to Worcestershire and took inspiration from her surroundings.
The new acquisitions are on display for the first time in spring 2023 at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, a key part of the exhibition From the Cornish Coast to the Malvern Hills, which explores British Impressionism in Cornwall and Worcestershire.
Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums Charity led the campaign to purchase the artworks, with support from Art Fund, the Arts Council England/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, and kind donations from Art Gallery & Museum Members and donors to the charity.
How can you support the charity’s work?
You can support the work of Worcestershire Heritage, Art & Museums charity in several ways:
You can support Worcestershire Heritage, Art and Museums fundraising campaigns by making a donation to the charity. Please send a cheque payable to ‘Worcs H A & M’ to Museums Manager, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT.
Help us look after the museums collections by buying us a present from our Amazon wish list.
Consider becoming a Trustee yourself. Please email email@example.com and ask for a Trustee Information Pack.
You can also support the Art Gallery & Museum and The Commandery by becoming a Member.
For an annual fee you enjoy a range of benefits including discounts in the Museums shops, invitations to special events and a monthly newsletter. To find out more about Membership please see:
Membership at Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
Membership at The Commandery