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The Warburg Institute is indebted to the enormous goodwill of its supporters at home and abroad. Your support enables us to create more opportunities for students and scholars, bolster our libraries and collections and advance the intellectual and architectural transformation of the Institute.
Aby Warburg (far right with outstreched hands) asks his four brothers to support the Institute that bears their name. Hamburg, 21 August 1929.

For more than a century, the Warburg Institute has transformed the study of art and history.

The Warburg was established in Hamburg as the privately funded library of Aby Warburg (1866 - 1929), the schorlarly scion of one of Central Europe's great banking families. The Institute's modes of classification and connection anticipated digital thinking, and it's methods of gathering and tracing cultural memory were 'interdisciplinary' before the word was invented.

The survival of the Warburg Institute is nothing short of a miracle. It is only thanks to supporters such as the Warburg family, Samuel Courtauld and others that the Institute was rescued from Nazi Germany in 1933 and became a permanent part of the University of London in 1944.

Now entering the exciting next chapter of its existence, the support of our friends, patrons and alumni is as important as ever.

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Supporting the Warburg Institute

From donating to our building project to becoming a Friend to investing in our collections to leaving a gift in your will, there are a number of ways you can support the Warburg Institute. 

However you choose to support, you can make an extraordinary difference to the students, researchers, visitors and collections at the Warburg Institute:

The Warburg Renaissance Project

The Warburg Renaissance is our grand ambition for transforming the Warburg Institute. We want to make the Warburg easier to find and more comfortable to use, enhancing the Institute’s academic resources and public offerings, and creating new facilities for special collections, exhibitions and events.

Friends of the Warburg

Become a Friend of the Warburg and join the community of supporters who are writing the next chapter of this illustrious institution.

Student bursaries and scholarships

We attract some of the brightest postgraduate students and we aim to offer new bursaries and scholarships for both MA and PhD students to support the next generation of scholars. 

Investment in the collections

We continue to seek materials and collections to expand our Library, Archive and Photographic Collection and strengthen our reputation as an international beacon for the interaction of images, ideas and society.


Ways to give

There are a number of ways in which you can donate to the Institute

How support is helping the Warburg Institute: