Support The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall

Showing roofing work at Shandy Hall

The Laurence Sterne Trust relies solely on the income generated by exhibitions and events; visitors to the house and gardens; and on grants and donations from a variety of different sources.

How you can help

Visit the house and gardens

The house

Shandy Hall is a Grade 1 listed medieval house and an Accredited Museum which is open to the public and has been in the care of the Trustees of the Laurence Sterne Trust (Registered Charity No.1181127) since 1968.

Maintenance of the building is essential, as Shandy Hall is the focus of all the Laurence Sterne Trust’s activities.

Your help is needed to continue the work of the Trust and preserve this old and fascinating building which needs ongoing care and attention. The Trust has secured grant-aid from a number of benefactors (particularly English Heritage and The Heritage Lottery Fund) which have helped with vital repair work – but there is still much to do and maintenance bills are continuous.

The garden

The garden is an important part of the attraction of Shandy Hall for visitors, and is increasingly used in its educational work, as well as being important for conserving wildlife.

Volunteer in the house and gardens

The house relies on volunteer help as room stewards on public open days.  Please contact the Curator for further information.

The garden is run without a budget, and work is done all year round by volunteers.

Any help – whether practical assistance or funds, would be gratefully received. Gardening experience is desirable, but not essential, as there are many jobs for which it is not required, but training will be given where necessary.Volunteer here or contact the Curator.

 Use the Collection, join our education projects

The collection at Shandy Hall contains book, prints and paintings – mainly from the 18th century but also, increasingly, modern interpretations that relate either to Sterne or his experimental approach to storytelling.  We are keen to continue to reflect Sterne’s influence on contemporary work.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant enabled the original collection to be secured for the future, and also provided funding for the purchase of the original drawings of Martin Rowson’s graphic novel of Tristram Shandy.

The collection is regularly used by scholars and academics, and our ever-expanding education programme has benefited children from primary schools as well as students from universities both local and international. The experience of learning in such surroundings is unique and valued by both teacher and pupil. Support our Education Projects by contacting the Curator.

If you would like to donate to the collection or offer help towards future purchases, please contact the Trust.

Book a talk

Talks are available on all aspects of Laurence Sterne, Shandy Hall and

the Gardens. Book these for your group or organisation by contacting the Curator.

Make a donation

You can do this now, via the Donate button on this website

If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift-aiding your donation enables us to reclaim tax, making your donation worth 25% more to us at no cost to yourself. Please contact us and we will post a Gift Aid form to you with a stamped envelope for you to return it to us. Alternatively there is a  Gift Aid form you can print out here.

Consider making a bequest when making your will

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Thanks to our benefactors past and present:

In 2019 we have been grateful to receive grants from the following organisations:

The Normanby Charitable Trust for work on essential maintenance of Shandy Hall.

The Ernest Cook Trust, for the Midnight Gardens project with local primary schools.

The Veneziana Fund, with contributions from customers of Pizza Express, for maintenance work on Shandy Hall.

The Foyle Foundation towards continued work on the archive.

Others who have also generously contributed:

The Ronnie Duncan Foundation; Winton Consulting; Bill Zachs; Jill Murray, as well as donors who would prefer to remain anonymous.


Past benefactors to whom we owe our gratitude include:

Arts Council England; North York Moors National Park; The Heritage Lottery Fund; English Heritage.