Support Us


What is The Atkinson Development Trust?

The Atkinson Development Trust is a registered charity whose vision is to help develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together. They are run by a committed group of skilled volunteers who all believe in the transformative power of arts and culture. They believe communities thrive best when they have civic pride and a sense of place.

They aim to support The Atkinson to:

  • Connect people with the heritage, art and stories of Sefton
  • Improve access to the collections and the building
  • Have a positive impact on local people’s lives

What they do

The Trust raise money – from individuals, businesses and funding bodies – in order to support The Atkinson’s important work behind the scenes. Far beyond the arts service that the council pays for, the Trust use the amazing resource that is The Atkinson to make extraordinary things happen.

They need your help

The Trust need to raise more money to bring communities together, inspire people, improve wellbeing, and give young people aspirations. The support that the Trust receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance their visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.

There are many ways you can support, including donating, becoming a memberadopting a teddy and sponsoring a seat.

Any gift, large or small, makes a real difference in helping the Trust support The Atkinson to:

  • Care for their collections for future generations
  • Increasing their work with young people and communities
  • Expanding their exhibitions programme
  • Developing their inspiring learning programmes
  • Keep admission free

Being a Charitable Incorporated Organisation enables the Trust to raise money independently of Sefton MBC, so all of the proceeds go towards our development programmes.

Your support really can make a huge difference. To see where your money goes, explore the pages below.