Outfit worn by Lady Astor, the first female MP, on her first day in Parliament in 1919. The DBT awarded a £600 grant to Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery for conservation work on the suit.

The Daphne Bullard Trust

Grants up to £1,000 for textile conservation and display

'… to promote the conservation of dress and textiles of all periods and their display....'

The trust was set up in 1973 on the initiative of the family of the late Mrs Daphne Bullard, the keeper of Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle, to promote the work of dress and costume conservation, display and publication.

The trust considers applications from students of or persons engaged in the conservation and study of dress and textiles of any period and their display.

Conditions governing grants from the fund:

  • grants of £300-£1,000 are available
  • preference will be given to projects aimed at conservation or display of dress or textiles where there is a long-term material benefit to a collection or project
  • grants are not given to assist with living costs or course fees
  • a written progress report on the work assisted by the grant must be made to the trustees by 30 November of the year following the award of the grant, or as soon as the project is finished, whichever is the sooner
  • a photograph of the item(s) would be helpful for the application

Case study: Lady Astor's jacket

To download the DBT case study click here (pdf)


John Bullard

Email: bullard.callow.hammond.assoc@gmail.com