Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Thank you for considering donating to The Matthew of Bristol Trust, a not-for-profit charity. All money raised goes directly to maintaining the ship so that people can continue to visit her and learn about her rich history, old and new. Repairs are expensive, so we really appreciate your support!

Donate online

1) Head to our fundraising pages on or to make a direct one-off or regular donation to The Matthew.

2) Support The Matthew for FREE when you go shopping!

  • Shop online via Give As You Live – when you shop at over 4,000 top stores (such as John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Just Eat, and many more), a percentage of your spend is turned into free funds for us. Simply sign up, search for the retailer and start shopping. And you can make it really simple by downloading this Chrome browser extension which reminds you to choose a charity before you shop!⁠

Donate in person

The Matthew is free to visit when she’s moored at the quayside next to the M Shed and our crew will happily talk to you about the ship and answer any questions you have. There is a collection box by the mast as you enter and leave the ship – all donations are very gratefully received. We think that over the years we’ve had coins and notes from every country in the world!

To find out about other ways to support us and get involved, please see our Support page. Thank you! 

The Aims of the Charity

1) To acquire, repair, fit out, maintain, enhance and preserve the replica medieval caravel known as “The Matthew” as a ship of historic interest, and to place the vessel on display alongside a berth, quay, dock or wharf accessible to the public;

2) To provide educational and training facilities on “The Matthew” while berthed or on voyages for persons of all ages and capabilities by the preservation, operation and charter of “The Matthew” as a seaworthy vessel;

3) To advance education in: 

(a) the local and national history and heritage associated with “The Matthew”, the explorer John Cabot and the exploration and settlement of the New World, including Newfoundland and Labrador,
(b) maritime history and archaeology,

(c) shipbuilding and nautical construction skills,

(d) seamanship, sailing skills and seafaring crafts.