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The Sime Gallery and its collection are unique and preserve the legacy of a remarkable artist, illustrator and caricaturist. But with many of the works of art more than 100 years old they are in need of repair and conservation. We depend on contributions from our donors to help to care for them and secure the future of the gallery.

The gallery is a registered charity and receives no regular funding from the government or statutory grant giving bodies. Each and every donation makes an important contribution to our work.

We hope you will consider making a donation to the gallery so we can preserve these exceptional works of art and tell the fascinating story of the Master of the Mysterious.

If you are a UK taxpayer, Gift Aid will add a further 25% at no additional cost to you, making your donation work even harder. You will be directed to a simple form to fill in after making your donation so that we can claim this. The  receipt of payment will be emailed to yourself for your records.

Sponsor a Sime

Sponsor one of Sime’s art works and you will be contributing to its repair and conservation so that it can be displayed again. Sponsorship can mark the celebration of a wedding anniversary or birthday, the memory of a loved one or simply because you have a connection to a particular piece. 

In recognition of your generosity we will display your name alongside the painting, illustration or drawing once it is conserved and displayed and you will receive a certificate of sponsorship. Your name will also appear on the Thank you page on our website. 

To sponsor an artwork please choose one of the art works for sponsorship below and email the gallery at or call us on 07951 024220.

Artworks for sponsorship

Photograph of Sidney H Sime.
Requires re-framing in an oak frame – £45

Small oil landscape painting.
Requires cleaning and restoration – £160

Purple iris and white pansies.
Requires cleaning and restoration, gilding oak slip and polishing the frame – £320

Figure of a man with a book.
Requires cleaning and restoration – £95

Figure of a lady in white.
Requires cleaning and restoration – £95

Figure of a lady in grey.
Requires cleaning and restoration – £95

Figure of a woman.
Requires cleaning and restoration – £140

Bogie Beast watercolour.
Requires re-mounting and backing – £45

Volunteer with us

Join our community of volunteers and help visitors to learn more about the fascinating story of Sidney Sime.

As a small gallery we are dependent on the wonderful support of our volunteers and are so grateful for everything that they do. Becoming a volunteer is a great way to learn about our remarkable collection, engage with local history, meet new people and enhance the experience of our visitors. Volunteers can also help at events at the gallery including Heritage Open Weekend which takes place in September each year.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for Front of House roles and to help with events. If you would like further information on becoming a volunteer please email: or call 07415 372620.


There is a small range of merchandise available for sale at the gallery which includes postcards, greeting cards and prints as well as the book ‘The Art of Sidney H Sime, Artist and Philosopher’, a 50 page illustrated booklet at £5 plus postage and packing.

You can buy items at our online shop. Take a look >

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A big thank you to...

The Sime Gallery would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their most generous support.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Ewbank’s Auctioneers

The Arts Society

Camberwell College of Art (Victoria Haddock and Rebecca D’Ambrosio)

West Dean College

Surrey Museums Partnership

Guildford Borough Council

Worplesdon Parish Council

Friends of Guildford House

Surrey Historic Buildings Trust

Keith Witham, local County Councillor

Tim Dolby

Danny Doyle

Peter Elsing

Tim Hunt

Hazel Neill

Julian Spencer-Smith

David Willis

Shirley Brown