©1705 / Console Table, Andre-Charles Boulle ©Wallace Collection

For many years, the Furniture History Society has given awards to individuals requiring assistance for research and study.

In 1990 this was formalised when an appeal was launched for a fund specifically to support expenses towards research into furniture. Such a fund was established and was named after the founder of the Society, Tom Ingram. It continues to support research by individual scholars, through travel grants and contributions to incidental expenses such as photography; it also provides grants to participate in FHS-organised study trips. This fund was subsequently augmented by donations from the Oliver Ford Trust, specifically to support applications from younger scholars and professionals.

As a result of the generous donation of an annual fund in 2012, the Grants Committee was able to establish a programme for professionals at an early stage of their career. To date this programme has encompassed a series of free, early evening study sessions, as well as three highly successful research symposia held at the Wallace Collection, London and the Metropolitan Museum, New York. These symposia have showcased recent research by PhD candidates and junior curators in Europe and the USA. More recently, a fourth research seminar was held in October 2017 at The Frick Collection in New York.

Thanks to the generous support of members of the Society to our appeal for donations towards a 50th Anniversary Appeal fund, we are now in a position to develop our grant-giving activities further. We wish to support more substantial, longer-term and institutionally-backed projects as well as continuing our commitment to individual research projects and study trips for professionals in the field from every background.

The Grants Committee is fully committed to fulfilling the international role of the Society and we encourage applications from all countries for grants. We have given funds to candidates from Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Scandinavia and the USA, to attend FHS study trips, and we wish to encourage such applications. We have also supported many international scholars with travel, in order to enable them to examine furniture at first hand or give papers at international conferences, without which they would not be in the position to develop their research or communicate their findings. Many have published their research in Furniture History, the journal of the Furniture History Society.


For more information please contact our Grants Secretary. Jill Bace, at  Alternatively, please download the relevant application form.

Please return completed application forms, with two supporting references and a current CV, to