The Trustees of the Textile Conservation Foundation are enormously grateful to all those funders whose generous bursaries enabled so many MPhil Textile Conservation students to take up their places on the course or continue into their final year.
High quality conservation training must have a significant element of practical work, which requires close supervision, and there must be extensive facilities to support the students’ teaching and enable them to undertake practical and research projects. These are not cheap and it means that course fees on conservation programmes are unavoidably high.
Students increasingly apply to the programme already burdened with substantial loans from their undergraduate studies, so the support the Foundation provides, both in bursaries and help with students’ own fundraising, becomes more vital every year.
We can only support all those students who require it thanks to the help of so many generous funders. This year, those funders include: The Arts Society, the Binks Trust, The Clothworkers’ Foundation, the South Square Trust and the Barbara Whatmore Trust among many others.
We are indebted to them all.
You can see some images below of the MPhil Textile Conservation students at work - and able to train as conservators thanks to the support of our many funders.