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.  We are delighted to announce that as of July 2020, we have £6,200 to offer for this grant.

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’.

Guidance Notes
Application Form

Guidance Notes
Application Form

Guidance Notes
Application Form

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.

Award winners

Update coming soon!

News of conservation grant winners will follow shortly

  • A lace gown made for Queen Charlotte, Consort of George III in about 1800. 2017 winner. The Fashion Museum, Bath.
  • Winner of the Elizabeth Hammond Grant 2016, green velvet jacket bodice. Clydebank Museum & Art Gallery.