The Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston recently put a robe made from Spitalfields silk on display, which had been conserved with a £1,000 grant from the Daphne Bullard Trust.
The trust is one of several funds managed by the Museums Association (MA) that offer small grants for various areas of museum and gallery work.
The Daphne Bullard Trust was set up in 1973 by the family of the late Daphne Bullard, the keeper of Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle, to promote the work of dress and costume conservation and display. Grants of £300-£1,000 are available and applications can be made at any time.
The Beecroft Bequest, bequeathed to the MA from the Walter G Beecroft estate, gives grants towards the purchase of artworks created before 1800.
The acquisition must be at least £500 and grants of up to £5,000 are awarded. Up to 75% of the purchase price can be awarded and an element of local financial contribution is required. The bequest awards about £25,000 each year.
An example of a recent Beecroft Bequest grant is the £3,300 given to Ware Museum, Hertfordshire, to buy an Anglo-Saxon gold buckle from the seventh century.
The item was found in nearby Stanstead Abbotts and was declared Treasure. The museum also secured £1,500 from the Hertfordshire Heritage Fund and used £200 from its own reserves to reach the £5,000 purchase price.
Another MA-managed trust fund is the Kathy Callow Trust, which makes awards to small museums to assist with the costs of conservation projects. This awards about £1,000 a year.
MA-managed Trusts and Funds