Support us

Blackwell is owned and operated by Lakeland Arts and your support makes everything we do possible. As a charity, we rely on support from individuals, trusts, foundations, public organisations and the corporate sector. This support helps us achieve our mission to inspire all to explore and enjoy arts, heritage and the outstanding places we care for by visiting our museums and participating in a wide range of activities.

Become a Friend

Join as a Friend and enjoy 12 months free admission to Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry and Blackwell. You will also be the first to hear about our fantastic programme, receive exclusive event discounts, be invited to exhibition previews and receive our latest venue leaflets in the post.

Single membership is just £45 a year and £70 for a joint membership. Receive a £3 discount for paying by Direct Debit.

Download a membership form

If you’re looking for a give a gift that gives all year, a gift membership is wonderful option. The recipient will receive all of the same benefits as a Friend, and we can tailor how and when they receive their gift for the perfect surprise.

Download a gift membership form

For further information, please email

Become a Patron or Benefactor

Our Patrons and Benefactors are a highly valued group of individuals whose generosity supports us to continue all our work. Helping us to: conserve our Grade I listed buildings, care for and develop our permanent collection, continue to promote world-class art and heritage, and offer exciting programmes that involve local people.

Join Lakeland Arts as a Patron or Benefactor and get all of the benefits of a Friend, plus we will take you on a private guided welcome tour, invite you to celebrate our exhibitions with us and the artists involved, and provide you with exclusive access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections through a variety of events designed just for our Patrons and Benefactors.

Patrons pay a minimum of £300 per year for single membership, £400 for joint membership.

Benefactors pay a minimum of £1000 per year for single membership, £1,250 for joint membership.

If you would like to help support Lakeland Arts by becoming a Patron or Benefactor please download, print and complete the Patron and Benefactor membership form or contact Caroline Gilbert, Head of Development on / 01539 888048.

Download the Patron and Benefactor membership form

Leave a lasting legacy

You can help to build the future of Blackwell and Lakeland Arts by leaving a legacy or bequest in your will.

Leaving a legacy to Lakeland Arts helps us to plan and secure our future with confidence and educate and inspire future generations through our work.

Every gift, whatever the amount, will help us to promote world-class art and heritage, care for and develop our permanent collection, conserve our Grade I listed buildings and offer exciting and innovative programmes that involve local people.

Anyone can leave a legacy to Lakeland Arts. You may wish to support us with the residue (percentage) of your estate once all other gifts have been made, with a targeted or specific gift of money, or even a work of art. You may wish to leave a legacy to support Lakeland Arts in everything we do, or something more specific. Whatever you choose to support will be extremely important to our future work.

To find out more about leaving the wonderful gift of a legacy, please contact Caroline Gilbert, Head of Development, / 01539 888048.

Become a Volunteer

Conservation Cleaning Volunteer

We are looking for two volunteers to help us deliver a preventative conservation routine at Blackwell. This will be an ongoing regular role. This is a great opportunity to become part of a small friendly team and to gain an insight into the daily operation of an Arts & Crafts House.

Visitor Engagement Volunteer

Are you passionate about history and heritage? Do you enjoy meeting people? Help us to bring Blackwell’s historic Arts & Crafts rooms to life, as you welcome visitors and share fascinating stories about the house and those who lived and worked here.Visitor Engagement volunteers are our ambassadors – the public face of Blackwell – so volunteers need to be warm, friendly and approachable. You will meander around the house and welcome visitors, answer visitors’ questions and chat to them about our history.

If you are confident enough, we will also train you in delivering guided tours of the house to groups. Volunteers will receive full training and detailed information packs about the Blackwell’s history.

See all volunteering opportunities and apply

Corporate opportunities

Corporate opportunities with Lakeland Arts include our Corporate Patron membership scheme or Corporate Sponsorship of exhibitions and events. Through either of these opportunities your company and your employees will receive unique benefits whilst helping Lakeland Arts deliver its charitable objectives; supporting us to promote world-class art and heritage within our region, care for our historic buildings and permanent collections, and help us to offer exciting programmes that engages local communities, families and school children.