During the COVID-19 crisis we may be closer to understanding the pressures that drove Milton here than at any other time in our history.

Fleeing the horrors of the Great Plague – and many other threats to such a prominent republican following the Restoration of the Monarchy – Milton no doubt felt “In darkness, and with dangers compassed round.” (Paradise Lost, Book VII, line 26).

As we adjust to living through a 21st century pandemic, we hope that Milton’s Cottage will provide as much of a refuge to others as it did to Milton. If this crisis has shown us anything, it is that access to literature, poetry and heritage is more important than ever right now.

We are doing all that we can to keep in touch with our audiences online – exploring the power of culture to keep us connected and help navigate these uncertain times. This work is possible thanks to the many generous donations to our Paradise Maintain’d endowment fund, which is generating vital income to support us through these difficult times.

However, the closure of Milton’s Cottage due to COVID-19 has inevitably had a financial impact on our organisation. As an independent charity, which receives no public funding, we need to raise all core running and maintenance costs ourselves – through visitor income, shop sales and our public events programme.

All of this has stopped overnight, leaving us to entirely reliant on grants and donations to cover the essential costs of looking after Milton’s Cottage, the world-class collection it holds and our unique literary garden.

We know these are challenging times for everyone, but would welcome your help now more than ever. Can you help us ensure this unique literary landmark is still open to the public when this is all over?

If you are able to make a donation to support Milton’s Cottage through these extraordinary times, we would be extremely grateful for whatever you can afford to give.

Your generosity will help us ensure that Milton’s Cottage will be able to open once again to welcome visitors back to Milton’s only surviving residence.

Ways to support us

  1. Make a one-off donation via our Paypal link below
  2. Become a Friend of Milton’s Cottage for only £26 a year (info below)
  3. Donate to our Paradise Maintain’d endowment fund and your donation will be doubled!

To donate to Paradise Maintain’d – or to discuss the best and most tax-efficient ways to make a gift – please contact John Dugdale Bradley, Trustee and Honorary Treasurer, on:

endowments@miltonscottage.org or 07703 572344           .


Other ways to support us

Throughout its history Milton’s Cottage has been shaped by the generosity of individuals.  From royalty to farmers to the Friends of Milton’s Cottage, public gifts of money, objects and legacies have helped the museum build its collection and gain a worldwide reputation for excellence.Milton’s Cottage receives no public funding and continues to depend on the generosity of Milton devotees, poetry-lovers and friends around the world to carry out its mission.  Your donation will help us to preserve Milton’s Cottage and its unique collection for future generations – as well as enhance people’s lives through literature, poetry and the arts.

Whether you visit Milton’s Cottage in Chalfont St Giles or online, we invite you help us in our effort to preserve Milton’s Cottage and its collection for future generations.

Tax efficient giving for non UK citizens

Milton’s Cottage Trust CIO is a UK registered charity. US taxpayers can benefit Milton’s Cottage  by making their donation [stating Milton’s Cottage Trust as a preference] to the British Schools and Universities Foundation Inc in New York to obtain tax deduction, please donate direct to BSUF :   www.bsuf.org

Every donation makes a difference.  For further information about either donations or legacies please contact John Dugdale Bradley, Trustee and Honorary Treasurer, at  endowments@miltonscottage.org

or on Direct Dial +44 7703 572344

Here’s how you can help:

Paradise Maintain’d

Comus Circle

Lycidas Society



For further information about how to support Milton’s Cottage please do not hesitate to contact our Business Director, Kelly O’Reilly, on 01494 872313 or businessdirector@miltonscottage.org to find out more about the difference your gift could make.

You can also join our sister charity, The Friends of Milton’s Cottage, which runs local fundraising events and activities to support Milton’s Cottage.  To find out more about joining please visit their website: