The Elizabeth Hammond Grant

This grant was set up in 2016 by the Costume Society following a bequest from the estate of the late Elizabeth Hammond (1926-2011) a founder member of the Society and a former Trustee.  She was a graduate of the Royal College of Art, a teacher, embroiderer, artist and a collector of costume.  Significant pieces in her collection were conserved and loaned for public display. The grant is administered by the Association on behalf of the Costume Society.

The grant promotes museum conservation and display of clothing and clothing-related textiles of all periods, styles and places of origin, held in the permanent collections of Accredited museums and those working towards Accreditation in the United Kingdom with an annual gross turnover of about £750,000. Preference will be given to museums with dress and associated textile objects of local or national significance but with limited or no in-house conservation resources.

The grants are intended to assist with the costs of a wide range of textile conservation projects, including preliminary assessments of the conservation required for specific items or groups of material, as well as the labour and materials for conservation work.

Who can apply?
To be eligible to apply for a grant you must be an accredited museum or working towards accreditation.

The applicant should be someone within the museum with direct management responsibility for the work proposed by the grant application. The seconder/moderator should be a senior person within the institution with responsibility for the work area of the project. S/he will be able to provide a supporting statement with an overview of the significance of the project to the organization.

What kind of projects are eligible?
Preference will be given to projects aimed at conservation assessment, conservation or preparation for display of items where there is a long-term benefit to a collection or project.

Projects should ideally result in increased public access to the object, for example, through display, access to stored collections, publication or other forms of information such as digitized images, websites etc. We do not support projects where ‘permanent display’ is used to describe how the object(s) will be made accessible to the public – please see guidance notes for further information.

Conservation costs for loan items will be considered, where the object(s) in question belongs to another museum that also meets the criteria for this grant or the item(s) is on permanent loan to the applicant museum.

A brief condition report with photographs of the item/s should support the application.

How much is available and when to apply:

Applications may be made at any time but are preferred to be submitted by the end of June.

£5000 is available each year for grants, with £2,500 payable in January and £2,500 in June. Applications may be accepted from any single museum for amounts up to a total award of £5,000 but payments over £2,500 will be phased.

Conditions/criteria for a grant:

  • Grants will not be made to assist with living or travel expenses associated with the project, or to pay any VAT associated with the work.
  • A written report on the work assisted by the grant must be submitted to the Costume Society within a month of the project’s completion.
  • Acknowledgement of the financial assistance of the Costume Society Elizabeth Hammond Grant must be included on the display labelling and all documentation including on-line and marketing materials. This may include use of the grants brand.

How to apply:
Download and return the below application form:

Elizabeth Hammond Application Guidance Notes
Elizabeth Hammond Application Formx

If you have any questions regarding the grant, please email the Hon Sec at

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