Make a Donation

Make a Donation

Thank you for considering donating to The Matthew of Bristol Trust. 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!

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! 

Here is what you will be supporting (repairs are expensive!):

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.