The Anna Plowden Trust and the Clothworkers’ Foundation – two of the leading funders of training and development for conservators – have teamed up to offer greater support for conservators undertaking continuing professional development (CPD). The Anna Plowden Trust has provided more than100 grants for CPD during the last two decades and the Clothworkers’ Foundation conservation programme has given over £150,000 in CPD grants during the last eight years.
This year marks 25 years since Anna Plowden Trustee Nell Hoare became Director of the Textile Conservation Centre (TCC).
Nell became Director of the TCC in 1991 and led its merger with the University of Southampton in 1999, enabling the transition of the textile conservation programme into a masters’, a new MA in museum studies, and the development of the commercial conservation service alongside an active research culture.
The Dulverton Trust has awarded a grant of £90,000 over three years, which will enable the Anna Plowden Trust to offer more Conservation Training Bursaries than ever before.
The Anna Plowden Trust is the only charity dedicated to supporting conservation training and has awarded nearly 200 bursaries since it was founded in 1998. However, training to be a professional conservator is costly and, with student debt rising, the Anna Plowden Trust’s funds are heavily oversubscribed each year.