The American Fund for Westminster Abbey (AFWA) was incorporated in 2012 as an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with its own directors and office based in New York City. AFWA exists to advance education, religion and historic preservation by supporting the programs and goals of Westminster Abbey (formally known as The Collegiate Church of St Peter, Westminster).
The main institutions whose programs AFWA supports are:
- Westminster Abbey
- Westminster Abbey Choir School
- St Margaret’s Church (located within the Abbey’s precincts)
- Affiliated organizations such as The Westminster Abbey Foundation
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries
The current special project and priority for AFWA is the creation of the Abbey’s upcoming Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries (opening 2018). The Galleries will be located in the Triforium which is a medieval level within the Abbey 70 feet up from the nave floor built during reign of Henry III in the 13th century. The Triforium level has never before been accessible to the public and since its creation has been used as a storage area or rather an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of Abbey treasures. The conversion of this unique space will provide the Abbey with 9,600 sq ft in which to create galleries and exhibition space to display many of its never seen before collections. It will also provide some of the most breath-taking vistas into the Abbey as well as outside to the Houses of Parliament and surrounding London.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries will be the first major addition to the Abbey since its towers by Nicholas Hawksmoor were added in 1745.
If you would like to know more about AFWA and how you can support its endeavors for Westminster Abbey, please contact the office below. If you would like to make a donation now, you can do this via PayPal (see link below) or please click here to download a donation form and mail or Email to:
The American Fund
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*AFWA is a 501(c)(3) publically supported charity; Exempt Organization Number 45-4635976. Tax deductions are allowed to the full extent of the law.