The Trust was established in 1998 in memory of Anna Plowden who was a pioneering conservator in the private sector.

Through our grants and other activities we support the development of skills in conservation and also help to raise awareness of conservation.  

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  1. Anna Plowden Trust award for Research and Innovation

    Applications are now open for The Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation offered as part of the Icon Conservation Awards 2015, sponsored by Beko. The Anna Plowden Trust Award for Research and Innovation in Conservation recognises the achievements of those involved in conservation research and development. It is presented for the best completed programme of research or project aimed at furthering the knowledge and practice of conservation, including research leading to better understanding of materials, their technology of production and their conservation and the development of materials, equipment, systems or techniques for improved conservation and collection care, examination, analysis, treatment or monitoring.

    11/11/2014 - 11:08

  2. New Trustees for APT

    Two practising conservators who are past recipients of Conservation Bursaries from the Anna Plowden Trust, Tristram Bainbridge and Carol Weiss, have joined the Trust's board.  Susan Palmer, Chairman of the Anna Plowden Trust said: "I am delighted that Tristram and Carol have become trustees. As relatively recent recipients of our support and as conservators working variously in national insitutions, private practice and in teaching they will bring an invaluable and fresh perspective to the Trust."  

    04/11/2014 - 15:31

  3. 2013 Annual Report published

    The Anna Plowden Trust's Annual Report for 2013 has been published. You can download a copy below but if you would like a hard copy please do email us via the Contact Us section of the website and we will be delighted to send you one.   Since it was founded in 1998 the Trust has awarded a total of over £400,000 in bursaries and grants, which represents a substantial contribution to education and training in the sector.   Since 2012 alone we have awarded bursaries to 30 students in 13 institutions who are studying on 21 different courses. We have also awarded CPD Grants to 40 conservators working in over 30 institutions and private practices.  

    05/08/2014 - 15:55

  4. Conservation Bursaries awarded for 2014-15

    A record number of Conservation Bursaries were awarded by the Anna Plowden Trust's Trustees at their recent meeting thanks to the generosity of many funders who have helped increase the funds the Trust has available for bursaries. Seventeen bursaries have been awarded to individuals who will be studying on 12 different conservation programmes at fifteen institutions.

    21/06/2014 - 16:35