Beckford’s Tower & Museum was founded in 1972 following the purchase of Beckford’s Tower by Leslie and Elizabeth Hilliard. The Hilliards fully restored the building and opened the Tower to visitors at weekends for a small admission charge. By 1973 they had also opened a small museum room and had begun to accumulate a collection relating to the Tower and the life and work of William Beckford. In 1977 they established the Beckford Tower Trust by Deed of Trust and in the same year the Tower building was gifted by the Hilliards to the charity through a Deed of Gift. The museum continued to increase in size as the Hilliards work increasingly promoted research into Beckford’s life and collection.
The Beckford Tower Trust aim is to preserve and maintain for public benefit buildings, features and objects of historical and architectural interest relating to the life and work of William Beckford (1760-1844), in particular Beckford’s Tower in Bath. In 1993 Bath Preservation Trust became the sole Trustee of the Beckford Tower Trust. It aims to maintain the Tower and Museum collection as a public museum, and to educate the public in the life and work of William Beckford.
The Beckford Tower Trust is an independent charity and Beckford’s Tower is an Accredited Museum.
The Beckford Society http://www.beckfordsociety.org
Beckford Tower Trust, 1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1225 460705
Charity No. 272986