Support Us

Leaving a legacy is one of the most simple and flexible ways of giving. It enables you to make a significant gift to support the charities that are close to your heart.

Throughout its history, the BSA has benefited from legacies made by generous benefactors and we are proud to record some notable examples here LINK to the same pdf of case studies listing the impact of donations. The lasting impact of these legacies is testament to the deep commitment many individuals have felt for the BSA’s mission.

The BSA is a charity registered in England and Wales (No. 208673), and is therefore exempt from Inheritance Tax. This means that the BSA pays no tax on gifts of money or property made in your lifetime or after your death, and a legacy to the BSA normally reduces tax payable on your estate.

Our “1886 Society”, named after the year when the BSA was founded, was created to recognise and celebrate the special commitment of individuals who choose remember the BSA in their Will. By joining the 1886 Society, you are demonstrating your commitment to future generations of BSA students and staff. Each 1886 Society member will receive a BSA legacy pin badge in recognition of their support. By leaving a legacy, you can become an enduring part of our community. Once a legacy is received, legacy donors who have given more than £5,000 will have their name recorded on our Legacy Honour Board in Athens.

Further information, including suggested wordings for you to discuss with your solicitor and more information about the 1886 Society, can be found in our BSA Leaving a Legacy brochure LINK to legacy brochure

If you have already remembered the BSA in your will, or intend to do so, please consider downloading a confidential BSA Legacy Pledge Form. By telling us about your gift, you give us valuable assurance for our long-term activity. It also allows us to thank you properly and keep you.

informed about what we are doing. We strongly recommend that you take legal advice when making or updating your will.

We would be delighted to discuss your legacy intentions to ensure that we are able to fulfil your wishes. You can contact our Development team at or on +44 (0)207 969 5315. All conversations will be treated in the strictest confidence.

“The British School was my second home from my
second year as a graduate student. A home from home.
A succession of brilliant Directors and Assistant Directors,
wildly stimulating fellow students, including artists, a superb,
uniquely stocked library and genius librarians, and, not
least, wonderfully helpful administrative and domestic staff
– what was not to like! It was an honour to be part of the
centenary celebrations in 1986 – here’s to the next century of
scholarship and philoxenia”

Prof Paul Cartledge, A.G. Leventis Senior Research Fellow,
Clare College, Cambridge

Knossos 2025

The British School at Athens is thrilled to announce the successful conclusion of a major fundraising campaign for its Knossos 2025 Project.

The project has involved raising more than £2.6 million over four years. These donations will fund a complete redevelopment of the Stratigraphical Museum located at Knossos on the island of Crete, and equip the BSA’s Knossos Research Centre to the highest international standards. The BSA has received tremendous support from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports which will be its partner in the forthcoming construction project, and its departments, namely the Ephorate of Antiquities of Herakleion and the Central Archaeological Council.

Donations from USA supporters

Thank you for considering making a gift to The British School at Athens Foundation.

The British School at Athens Foundation was incorporated on 16 April 1999 in Delaware, USA as a 501 (c) (3) organization. US tax payers can claim a tax deduction for gifts made to The British School at Athens Foundation, EIN 04-3466100.

To make a donation via check, please make your check out to ‘The British School at Athens Foundation’ and send it, along with your full name and address, to: Tim Cunningham, President of The British School at Athens Foundation, 593 Gardiner Rd, Dresden, ME, 04342-3032.

Your donation will make a huge difference to the work of The British School at Athens. Over the last twenty years, the Foundation has made grants to support, amongst other projects: the BSA library in Athens, the publication fund for Mycenae, scholarships, equipment, exhibitions, facilities at Knossos, the Sparta Study Centre, the Fitch Laboratory, and the archaeological excavations at Palaikastro, Crete.

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