The Heritage Fund, which was set up some twenty five years ago, is a charitable fund which helps to provide money for projects associated with the Inn’s historic collegiate buildings. It is administered by a small board of trustees, which allocates funds where the priority is greatest. Recent donations from the fund have supported the painting of the panels of coats of arms in the Great Hall, refurbishment work to the stained glass windows in the Chapel and improvements and repairs to the carvings at the south end of the Great Hall. The three major projects which the Heritage Fund is currently supporting are:
Refurbishment of the Library: re-carpeting, lighting improvements and repairs to the metal walkways
A new organ in the Chapel. This project was completed in October 2009, and a magnificent new organ has been installed in the Chapel. Much of the cost of around £750,000 (which included some refurbishment work in the Chapel) was provided by the fund
Repairs in the Old Hall, to include the roof, brickwork in the basement and modernisation of the kitchens
In April 2007 the Inn launched an appeal for funds to support the work of the Heritage Fund. This appeal has so far reached more than £500,000. A large proportion of this has been due to the generosity of our benchers, who have subscribed an average of over £2,000 each to the Appeal. The future of these wonderful historic buildings, and the constant use of them by future generations should be a matter for concern to all members of the Inn.
Any contributions would be welcome, by cheque or standing order to: The Heritage Fund Appeal Secretary, Treasury Office, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL. Please click here for the payment form. Attention is drawn to the need for UK taxpayers to sign the Gift Aid Declaration at the bottom, so that this benefit can be claimed. Your home address is also required, so please enter this in the section provided.
Finally, this and other charitable funds associated with the Inn would benefit considerably from legacies, so please think about this if you are drafting or updating your will.