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Dear Warburgians,

We invite you to become a Friend of the Warburg and join the community of supporters who are writing the next chapter of this illustrious institution.

We founded the Friends of the Warburg to bring together the many people who value the Institute, admire its history and depend on its resources. This community will help us to remain an international beacon for interdisciplinary scholarship, using our unique collections to study the interaction of ideas, images and society.

We have embarked on the Warburg Renaissance to renovate and extend the Institute’s much-loved (if long-neglected) building in Bloomsbury. With a significant capital investment from the University of London and our supporters, we will create more room for readers and students, more space for books and additional programmes for fellows, artists and the general public. At the heart of the project is a double-height, ground-floor space that will provide a new gallery, a greatly expanded lecture theatre and a digital laboratory.

The Friends of the Warburg will play a key role in gathering the support needed to achieve these ambitions. Find out more about the Warburg Renaissance or download our brochure (1.5MB).

Become a Friend

Our initiative represents the first time the Institute has had a formal Friends organisation based at the Warburg and we very much hope you will be part of it.

To join up as a Friend is entirely free and you will receive our regular newsletter with information about the Institute, its research and scholarship, and invitations to public events, including the lectures, openings and exhibitions the Institute has throughout the year.

Sign up as a Friend here

Become a Muse

We rely on academic revenue and donations from friends and supporters to fund our education and research activities, support our Library and collections and drive the Warburg Renaissance project. We hope that you will also be inspired to support the Institute with annual gifts and join one of our recognition circles.

We appreciate all donations given the importance and urgency of our cause and any donations made towards the Warburg Renaissance will be recognised in accordance with our circles. We will then be in touch next year in the hope that you will renew on a recurring basis to continue supporting the Institute’s vital academic activities.

The highest circle is Mnemosyne, the mother of the muses and the Goddess of Memory, and the word inscribed by Aby Warburg over the library in Hamburg and by his successors over our library in London. The other circles are based on her daughters.

We will recognise all donors in our annual report and appreciate your support at the following recognition levels:

Friend: free

Clio: Associate £50-249

Terpsichore​: Sponsor £250-499

Calliope: Sustainer £500-999

Urania: Patron £1000-4999

Mnemosyne: Benefactor £5000 or greater

Join here

Aby Warburg (far right with outstreched hands) asks his four brothers to support the Institute that bears their name. Hamburg, 21 August 1929.

We will provide different offers and invitations to donors in recognition of their support. Donors at the Clio level or above will receive our popular Warburg Institute tote bag in recognition of their support, whilst those at Terpischore and above will receive in addition publications such as our recently published book of Aby Warburg’s 1899 Leonardo Lectures and invitations to special events, which in 2019 included talks by Edmund de Waal, Stephen Greenblatt and Sir Charles Saumarez Smith.

All donations will go to the Warburg Charitable Trust, our independent regulated charity led by a dedicated group of trustees whose sole purpose it is to support the Warburg Institute.

You can donate in a variety of different ways to suit your needs, such as payroll giving or by setting up a direct debit, and we also have tax-efficient giving mechanisms for Friends in Europe and Asia, as well as the American Friends of the Warburg Institute for those in North America. To find out more about any of these methods, please get in contact with the Institute’s Development team at friendsofthewarburg@sas.ac.uk.

We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will join our new circle of Friends of the Warburg at inception and be part of the next exciting chapter of the Warburg Institute. 

All the best,

Professor Bill Sherman, Director of the Warburg Institute

Christopher Rossbach, Chair of the Warburg Charitable Trust

Download the Warburg Renaissance BrochurePDF1.47 MB