Supporting the HTA

The Historic Towns Trust is a charity

The Historic Towns Trust which produces the British Historic Towns Atlas is a charity which relies on donations, legacies and income generated from investment to carry out its work. We receive no government funding, but have to generate our own income.  The charity has greatly benefitted from a very generous legacy given to it by Mrs M.D.Lobel, the founding editor of the Historic Towns Atlas series.  The legacy has been invested and produces an annual income which is spent on our charitable activities.

However, we need to increase the core capital behind the charity so that our work can be maintained and expanded.  We have ambitous plans for future work and hopes for educational outreach and other activities.  We also need funds for specific aspects of projects - for example, to complete a particular map in an atlas.

Can you help us? 

Our particular needs are as follows:

  1. Contributions to our endowments. We need to generate additional investment income towards our work in accordance with our strategy.
  2. Donations towards particular projects.  There is at present a particular need for funds:
  • to complete the Oxford Atlas
  • for a collaborative project to produce a map of London on the eve of the Great Fire in 1666
  • for a collaborative project to produce a map of Hull as part of that city's designation as UK City of Culture 2017

Gift Aid

Because the Historic Towns Trust is a registered charity, UK taxpayers can increase the value of any donation through Gift Aid which allows the charity to claim basic-rate tax relief on the gift. If therefore you make a donation, and are a UK taxpayer, we hope that you will be willing to complete a Gift Aid form, available as both a  PDF and a Word file, by clicking on the links at the foot of this page.  The completed form should be returned to our treasurer at: The Historic Towns Trust, 40 Harnwood Road, Salisbury SP2 8DB.

Legacies

Legacies are an important source of income for all charities and have a significant impact on their work.  The HTT has benefitted from the generous legacy of Mrs M.D.Lobel which forms the basis of the Trust's endowment.

If you leave a gift to the Trust in your will, you would provide a lasting benefit to the spread of knowledge and understanding of urban history, geography and archaeology and to the development and use of modern cartographic techniques. Moreover there would be financial benefits to your estate.  Under current law, a bequest to the Historic Towns Trust would be exempt from Inheritance Tax and might therefore reduce the tax payable on your estate, because the Trust is a charity.  Those who leave at least ten percent of their estate to charity benefit from a reduced rate of Inheritance Tax.

If you can make a donation either for a specific project, or for a specific purpose, or would like to discuss a possible bequest, please contact our treasurer, at:  The Historic Towns Trust, 40 Harnwood Road, Salisbury SP2 8DB.  All donations will be acknowledged.  Cheques should be made payable to the Historic Towns Trust.