Your financial support of the Conservation Umbrella Fund will sustain the widely recognised excellence of the Art School’s conservation provision, and allow us to build further on the Conservation department’s national and international reach.

This is particularly important at a time when many conservation courses in the UK are threatened with closure (where they haven’t ceased already). Only a handful of BA & MA level conservation courses are secure at this time. The Art School is one of the few institutions which, due to its smaller size and independence, remains fully committed to conservation as a discipline and as an integral part of its ethos and mission, alongside Carving and Fine Art.

The UK Higher Education funding structure renders the Art School – as an independent, specialist, not-for-profit organisation – ineligible for public subsidy. So, our conservation training is delivered entirely without public sector support, or any other form of core funding, hence reliant on tuition fee income and private donations.

Due to the nature of our BA (Hons) Conservation and MA Conservation courses, curriculum learning is densely packed, with intensive one to one tuition, as well as significant use of materials and specialist equipment. So, it is not feasible to teach more than 50 students (8 on each pathway, per year of study) at any one time, making the per student cost relatively high at any time and particularly so given the current significant increase in energy and material costs.

Therefore, to support our unique Conservation department in its vitally important work, the Art School has established a new fund and is seeking support from the industry, professionals and all those with an interest in the teaching of this specialist subject.


The Art School will be pleased to acknowledge donors on the following platforms:

– Website: 210,000 new users over the last 12 months.

– Social Media: over 20,000 followers.

– Newsletter: 8,000 subscribers and growing.

– Events: London Craft Week, Graduate Shows and London Open House, which attract 3,500 visitors across the year.

We will be delighted to keep donors up to date on activity in the Conservation department and include you in our future Supporter and VIP events.


How you can support the Conservation Umbrella Fund

The Art School is seeking contributions of £1,000 (or more) annually to this new fund from industry professionals, and all those with an interest in ensuring the continued high-quality training of the next generation of expert conservators to preserve objects, books, paper collections and heritage for the future.

Your support will assist with the following priority areas:

– Teaching materials – pigments, chemicals, leather, gold leaf and specialist paper;

– An enhanced annual equipment budget and specialist equipment acquisitions;

– Specialist teaching from guest tutors;

– Projects – new national and international collaborations and on-site projects.



Please donate online via our PayPal campaign. Alternatively, to make a donation by BACS please instruct a bank transfer to:

Account Name: City and Guilds of London Art School

Account Number: 00475203    Sort Code: 20-80-57

IBAN: GB40BUKB20805700475203  SWIFT: BUKBGB22

Please quote ‘Conservation Fund’ as reference


Thank you for your support.


With thanks to those who have already become supporters of the Conservation Department Fund:

Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd
Museum Conservation Services Ltd
Dr Timothy Schroder
Peter Harrington Foundation


Contact us

Hannah Travers, Head of Development & External Relations to discuss any other forms of support: or 020 7091 1689


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