Make a Donation

Make a Donation

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.

Thank you for considering donating to The Matthew of Bristol Trust, a not-for-profit charity. Repairs are expensive, so we really appreciate your support!

To find out about other ways you can support us and get involved, please visit 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: 

  • 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
  • maritime history and archaeology
  • shipbuilding and nautical construction skills
  • seamanship, sailing skills and seafaring crafts.
Photo By Shawn Spencer Smith
Photo by Shawn Spencer Smith.

Donate online

Head on over to our fundraising pages on Virgin Money Giving or Give As You Live to make a direct one-off donation or a regular donation to The Matthew.

Donate by shopping

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.

Shop online at AmazonSmile

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases at no cost to you.

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!