At the recent APT Trustees' meeting we considered the last round of Clothworkers' Foundation/Plowden CPD grant applications of 2017. Eleven grants were awarded to conservators for attendance at courses and conferences in the UK, Japan, Mexico, Canada and Belgium.
Totals for the full year? An amazing 54 grants to conservators from 27 institutions and 13 private practices enabling them to attend a total of 39 different courses and conferences around the world!!
Application deadlines for 2018 will be:
The Anna Plowden Trust's latest annual report, which reflects on a record year of achievement, has just been published.
In 2015/16 we were able to increase, yet again, the support offered to conservation students through bursaries, awarding 32 bursaries with a total value of over £75,000.
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.
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.