Friends’ membership fees help to raise funds which provide practical help for arts and heritage in Southampton.  We also welcome donations from members of the public and as a registered Charity can reclaim Gift Aid thereby increasing the amount we can give to a project. At FoSMAG we consider carefully every application for funding which we receive and support as many as we can – sometimes for the purchase or conservation of art works but sometimes for the everyday items which help the day to day work of the departments.  Here is a list of just some of the projects to which FoSMAG  has recently made a financial contribution, either from its own funds or from donations for the project by FoSMAG members:


  • Conservation of Sir Edward Burne-Jones’ Perseus series of art works in Southampton City Art Gallery.
  • Purchase of St Denys Girls School Log Books for the Archives


  • The Heritage Lottery Fund bid to regenerate God’s  House Tower.
  • Cost of the catalogue for the exhibition “The Romantic Thread in British Art”
  • Creation of the Titanic Memorial Window in St Marys Church
  • Portrait of a Man, painted by Sir Anthony Van Dyck during 1618 to 1619, was probably of a wealthy merchant from Antwerp. After the frame had been conserved in 2013, FoSMAG funded the cost of £2,667.50 for the conservation of the painting in 2016.


  • Purchase of Jessica Palmer’s “Paper Galleon” sculpture for display in Tudor House.
  • Purchase of a special lens for the Nikon Digital SLR camera used by Collections Management.