This initiative is not open to applications.

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Although we have been funding textile conservation projects for many years, the Conservation initiative covers a much broader range of conservation disciplines. 

The focus of this initiative is on ‘moveable’ heritage (including textiles), and does not include the natural environment.

The aim of the Conservation initiative is to strengthen the profession - which continues to face significant challenges including the decline in specialist conservation skills, and the closure of conservation training courses. 

We launched the Conservation initiative in 2008 with a major grant to the Institute of Conservation (ICON) to support them in raising the profile of the sector, and in developing professional standards across the sector via qualifications and accreditation courses.  ICON is currently formulating a National Conservation Education and Skills Strategy. 

We have contributed to the preservation of endangered conservation skills by funding a number of internships in a wide range of disciplines to allow recent postgraduates to gain valuable experience and develop their knowledge, including:



We have also funded a number of fellowships in the sector.

To help conservators to keep their specialist knowledge current, we fund a Continuing Professional Development Bursary Scheme  which provides bursaries of up to £1,000 to enable qualified conservators to attend relevant conferences and short courses in the UK and abroad.
The Conservation initiative has been extended to 2018, during which time we will continue to focus on skills development by funding further internships and CPD bursaries (via a grant to the Anna Plowden Trust)
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