Support Us

How you can support us

Like many places during this time we have lost a lot of revenue. As an independent Museum we rely on admission charges and income from our shop, as well as our Friends group.

If you would like to support and help secure the future of the museum please support us by making a donation, becoming a Friend or volunteering at the Museum.

Donate online

Every donation, no matter what size, will make a difference. 

You can donate in many different ways

In person

There are donation boxes in the Museum, or you can speak to us during your visit.

Direct Bank Transfer

Contact us for more details.

Standing order

Why not join our ‘Friends’ group at the same time to enjoy the many benefits of giving regularly to the Museum?

by Post

Please make your cheque payable to ‘The Guild of Handicraft Trust’

Send to: Court Barn, Church Street, Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

Join the Friends

The Friends of Court Barn Museum aim to provide promotional and financial support to the Museum and to foster enthusiasm for all aspects of its work. Becoming a Friend is an excellent way to develop a closer relationship with the Museum and share your interest in craft and design with like-minded supporters.  Over the years, Friends’ support has included the acquisition of new pieces into the collection, sponsorship of special exhibitions and conservation.

We welcome new members to our friendly group and you can look forward to a varied programme of talks, walks, visits and social gatherings as well as benefits including:

  • Free and unlimited entry to the Museum, including special exhibitions
  • Exclusive discounts in the shop
  • Friends newsletters


Joint membership costs just £20.00 per year and single membership £15.00 per year.

We also offer Lifelong memberships:

Lifelong Single : £100
Lifelong Joint: £150

Download an application form, join when you visit the Museum – just ask a member of our team, or contact us for further information at

Join the 1902 Lottery

The Lottery supports Court Barn and gives you a chance of winning a cash prize each month.

60% of all the subscriptions go to Court Barn helping to ensure the continued success of the museum.

The remaining 40% is awarded as prize money.

To join, simply complete the application form and standing order and return to

The Treasurer, Friends of Court Barn Museum, Church Street, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6DY.

For further information contact


Would you like to join our small, friendly team of volunteers?

Court Barn relies on the generosity of its volunteers who give thousands of hours each year in a wide range of activities. You could be working on the reception desk, greeting visitors and making them feel welcome; cataloguing the Museum’s collections; running children’s workshops and school visits, plus other opportunities as they arise.

If you would like to make new friends, meet a variety of people, learn new skills and experience the running of a small museum, why not join us?

Leave a legacy

Remembering Court Barn, which is a project of the Guild of Handicraft Trust, by leaving us a legacy in your will, however modest, would be such a help to us.   It could contribute by, amongst many other priorities, enabling us to add to our collection, to mount special exhibitions and the cost of conservation.  If it is directed to our Acquisition Fund, we could make a purchase of an object and dedicate it in your name or that of a special friend or relative and add the attribution when displayed either permanently or in an exhibition.

This beautiful bracelet is an example of a donation from a collector.

The Guild of Handicraft Trust is a Registered Charity.  The number is 1007696.  Your solicitor will advise you regarding how to include a donation in your will, or if you do not wish to amend your will, add a codicil, and will also advise on the tax advantages

Corporate Partnership

We rely on the support of the business community to help fund the exhibition and education programmes which are at the heart of Court Barn’s mission. Corporate Partnership is a great way for your company to support our organisation and provides a wide package of benefits in return for your financial help.

Our Corporate Partners become involved in many different ways, including sponsoring exhibitions and help in kind. We provide a real opportunity to engage with the local community and draw attention to their support through our extensive marketing activity.

If you would like to know more please contact the museum or call 01386 841951.