The Anna Plowden Trust exists to continue Anna's legacy - to raise standards in all areas of conservation work. We believe that this aim is still as vitally important as ever, particularly when public funds are under pressure. We have now been in operation for fifteen years and have built a strong track record of support for the training and professional development of UK conservators:
- Since 1999 the Trust has distributed nearly £500,000 in grants.
- We have awarded over 180 Conservation Training Bursaries and over 100 CPD Grants.
- We have funded a one year internship at the V&A
- We have awarded four prizes for Research and Innovation in Conservation
- We have provided financial help to support the convergence of the UK professional conservation bodies in the formation of ICON.
The Trust is most grateful for funding received towards our grant-making programme from trusts and foundations including: The John Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, The Dulverton Trust, and the Ernest Cook Trust. We are also enormously grateful to the individuals and companies that have generously decided to support us.
Our activities are funded entirely from donations and we welcome contributions to any of our programmes. You can download a donation form here.
Donations and Standing Orders
If you are interested in supporting heritage conservation training please complete the standing order form attached below. Donations are not used for running costs, which we keep to an absolute minumum, they will go directly into our grant-giving programmes.
A donation of £3,000 would enable us to give one Conservation Training Bursary, but if you want to give a smaller amount, just let us know that you want your donation to be used towards a bursary or, if you are one of our alumni, towards the Alumni Bursary and that is what we will do.
Alternatively, a donation £250 would enable us to give one CPD grant.
If you are a UK taxpayer you can Gift Aid your donation. If you do this then a donation of £1 is worth £1.25 to the Anna Plowden Trust at no extra cost to you. Download a Gift Aid form here.
If the Anna Plowden Trust's bursary support enabled you to train to become a conservator, why not support our Alumni Bursary? This bursary for new students is funded by those we have supported in the past and who know first hand what a struggle it can be to raise the money needed to train as a conservator. If you would like to contribute to our Alumni Bursary please download the form here.
You could consider remembering the Anna Plowden Trust in your Will. If you would like to leave a legacy to the Trust we would be enormously grateful. These notes give you information on how to go about it and where to seek additional advice.
If you would like to discuss the various options for helping the Anna Plowden Trust we would be delighted to talk to you in confidence; contact us in the first instance via the Contact section of this website.
If your company is a major player in the conservation sector and you would like to support the work of the Anna Plowden Trust please do contact us. Your company will benefit from the association with this highly regarded Trust and we will help raise awareness to your company by featuring you on our Sponsors page and in our Annual Reports.