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York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship – Bursaries

February 12, 2008

The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship is offering in 2008 bursaries to a total value of £10,000 to assist the training of craftsmen and conservators.

This includes a bursary of £2000 to support the training of craftsmen funded by the York Company of Merchant Taylors, £1000 from the Provincial Grand Lodge of the Freemasons, and a further bursary sponsored by the John Spedan Lewis Foundation. Bursaries of up to £1500 each are designed to further the knowledge and skills of craftsmen and conservators at various stages of their careers, and bursaries of up to £3000 are offered to encourage and assist established craftsmen and conservators to take on a new apprentice/trainee.

In 2007 seven bursaries were awarded as follows:-

To Assist with a New Apprentice/Trainee:

Matthias Garn, stonemason – £2000
Yorkshire Hurdles, woodland management – £1500
Houghtons of York, joiners and carpenters – £1000

For Advanced Training:

Yorkshire Air Museum – £1000 to prepare a complete training package on the application of fabric covering to historic aircraft.
Matthias Garn, stonemason – £1000 to provide training in lettering and stone conservation to an existing employee.
York Glaziers Trust – £800 to contribute to travel costs for an exchange visit to Cologne cathedral.
Alaina Schmisseur, archaeological conservator – £700 to contribute to living costs while studying the conservation of excavated leather shoes

Applications will be judged on merit and need, and there are no restrictions on who may apply. Employers may apply on behalf of employees. Bursaries will not generally be awarded to assist the funding of students’ undergraduate degree or equivalent courses. In the case of individual applications preference will be given to those seeking advanced skills or training in crafts/specialities in short supply.

The Trustees are particularly keen to facilitate the taking on of new trainees/apprentices. This would include someone starting out or part way through a three year apprenticeship, or a person not yet in the trade/profession but who, having had some basic skills training or relevant experience, needs further skills training to qualify. Applications for such bursaries would normally be expected from the potential employer, and could be used in a variety of ways to reduce the employer’s costs, e.g. those related to the introductory training demanded by legal requirements.

That should not preclude applications from employers for other purposes, nor from potential trainees who have identified a committed potential employer.

If all other things prove equal, preference will be given to residents or those training or employed in the Yorkshire region (as defined by the local Government Office Region).

Application forms are obtainable from the Secretary of the Foundation email address:, postal address: The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, Fossgate, York, YO1 9XD. or from the website of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship (

Applications should be returned to the Secretary of the Foundation by Saturday 29 March 2008. Short listed applicants will be invited to meet the judging panel in York in late April, and the successful applicants will receive their awards at the Annual General Meeting of the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftsmanship, held at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall at the end of May.

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  1. June 27, 2008 7:56 pm

    Handcarved headstones are no doubt the best choice available, all in various types of stone the hand carving adds a certain personal element to the memorial/monument. Personally stonework created using only machines doesnt have the same level of creativlty in my opinion.

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