Wandsworth arts benefactor recognised with knighthood in Queen’s birthday honours


Sir Michael Hintze gave Wandsworth museum a £2m donation.


By SWLondoner staff

A leading patron and benefactor of the arts who gave the Wandsworth Museum a £2m donation to ensure its long term future has been given a Knighthood in The Queen’s birthday honours list.

Sir Michael Hintze, who lives in the borough, gave the multi-million pound donation to the museum in 2008 to help ensure it remained open to the public.

His Hintze Family Charitable Foundation has provided funding to over 150 charities since it was set up in 2005. Major donations have been made to the National Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, while he has also given gifts to the Old Vic Theatre and helped fund the restoration of Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Pauline Chapel at the Vatican.

The foundation has also given financial backing to Trinity Hospice and supported appeals at St Luke’s Church in Battersea and St Vincent de Paul Church in Clapham.

Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia said: “Sir Michael has a long and distinguished record of supporting some of the greatest museums and arts institutions in this country and it was his generosity that ensured the long term survival of the Wandsworth Museum.

“Both he and his wife Dorothy continue to sit on the board of the museum’s trustees to this day. They have both spent a great deal of time and energy and shown wonderful personal commitment to the Wandsworth Museum.

“I am sure that the people of Wandsworth would wish to join me in offering him our congratulations on a richly deserved honour.”

Photo courtesy of the ActonInstitute, with thanks.

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