The Conservation Grants
There are three grants available for conservation, the Elizabeth Hammond Grant, the Daphne Bullard Grant and the Kathy Callow Grant. These are aimed at smaller Accredited museums, or those who are working towards Accreditation, in the United Kingdom, those with ‘no' or ‘little' in-house conservation, and an annual gross ’turnover of about £750,000’.
Projects should be to the continuing public benefit and arrangements for access should be in place. We will not support conservation projects where ‘permanent display’ is used to describe the public access method. We would require an indication of a fixed period of time for which the object(s) are to be displayed. If longer term display is planned, then we would require a conservation monitoring plan to indicate how fragile and sensitive objects will be managed
The Costume Society’s Elizabeth Hammond conservation grant promotes museum conservation and display of clothing and clothing related textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin. Up to £5,000 is available annually for grants. Any amount up to £5,000 will be accepted but as funding is received half in December and half in June, large projects requiring the full amount may need to have phased payments depending on funds available.
The Daphne Bullard grant provides up to £1500 for the conservation of dress and textiles of any period and their display.
The Kathy Callow grant provides up to £1500 to assist with the costs of conservation and display projects, particularly for those relating to the disadvantaged in society, history of dress, women, the sea, industrialisation, and small localities. As well as conservation, this grant can also be used for research leading to display, interpretation, publishing and widening access using any social history objects.
Applications for all the grants can be made at any time.
Read more about these benefactors under ‘Our Conservation Grants and Benefactors’.
The images show past winners of the Elizabeth Hammond Grant, including the Fashion Museum Bath. The grant made it possible for the Fashion Museum to have a delicate lace gown made for Queen Charlotte in about 1800 conserved for their exhibition of lace in fashion in 2017. The dress is currently on show at Kew Palace.