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New Anna Plowden Trust/ Clothworkers’ Foundation partnership for CPD grants

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), through the Anna Plowden/Clothworkers' Foundation CPD Grants.

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.

For 2017, the Clothworkers’ Foundation has awarded a grant of £20,000 to the Anna Plowden Trust, specifically to help increase support for conservators seeking to improve their knowledge or skills, or to broaden their professional experience. The Anna Plowden Trust will administer the award of Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants on behalf of both funders, simplifying the process for applicants and greatly increasing the level of support available to UK-based conservators.

Dr David Saunders, Chairman of the Anna Plowden Trust, said: “The partnership with the Clothworkers’ Foundation is extremely welcome. Both organisations have a strong reputation and proven track record in funding conservation training and development and are natural collaborators. The grant from the Clothworkers’ Foundation is very timely, allowing us to increase greatly our support for CPD less than 12 months after another major grant boosted our ability to support student conservators.”

Alex Nelson, Chairman of the Clothworkers’ Foundation, said: “Having run a CPD grants scheme ourselves for the last eight years, we are delighted for 2017 to be supporting the Anna Plowden Trust, enabling them to run the Anna Plowden Trust/Clothworkers’ Foundation CPD grants scheme.  Our funding of £20,000 will provide a large number of  grants allowing conservators to continue to develop their skills and experience to the benefit of their own careers and the sector.”


The next deadline for applications is March 22nd 2017.  From January 2017 The Clothworkers' Foundation will not offer CPD grants directly, it will only do so through this partnership with the Anna Plowden Trust.  You can find out more about the grants and download an application form by following this link.


The Clothworkers’ Foundation was set up by The Clothworkers’ Company in 1977 and aims to improve the lives of people and communities, particularly those facing disadvantage.

In 2008 the Foundation launched a Conservation Programme with the aim of strengthening the profession - which continues to face significant challenges including the decline in specialist conservation skills, and the closure of conservation training courses. The only element of this programme open to applications is the CPD Grants scheme.  The Conservation Programme has been extended to 2018.  Internships and other initiatives will continue to be supported proactively whilst the CPD scheme will be run in partnership with the Anna Plowden Trust, which will handle all applications from January 2017 onwards.