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Individual Grants

Study Trips and Individual Research Grants Funded primarily by the Tom Ingram Memorial Fund and the Oliver Ford Trust, applications for assistance in funding expenses for individual research or travel on FHS study trips. See the conditions below regarding our remits.

The Tom Ingram Memorial Fund. Established in memory of Tom Ingram, the distinguished archivist and President of the Society from 1979 until his death in 1990, this FHS fund awards grants. These cover travel and other incidental expenses for the purpose of study or research into the history of furniture: whether or not the applicant is a member of the Society, only when the study or research is likely to be of importance in furthering the objectives of the Society, and only when travel could not be undertaken without a grant from the Society. The Fund assists scholars and students of all ages conducting independent research or participating in Society events and thus furthering their knowledge in the field of furniture and the decorative arts. In either case applications are encouraged that will lead to publication or show clear professional benefit. The Oliver Ford Trust, endowed under the will of Oliver Ford, an internationally famous interior decorator, generously supports the aims of the Tom Ingram Memorial Fund through grants specifically to younger scholars and junior curators/conservators/professionals at an early stage of career development. The Tom Ingram Memorial Fund Committee advises the Trust on the allocation of these grants. Recent grants for individual grants have included the following: £1000 to travel to Los Angeles to give a paper at a conference and carry out research into the Getty Museum's collection of Boulle furniture; £530 towards travel costs of participating in a FHS study trip to Rome; £400 towards participation in a FHS study trip to Norfolk; £500 towards independent research into sculptural furniture in France; £150 towards attendance at a study day at Versailles; £750 towards the costs of participating in a FHS study trip to Chicago and associated research.  Please note that these are made from both the Ingram and Oliver Ford trusts so have been awarded to senior and junior applicants.

For more information, please contact Jill Bace, Grants Secretary, at Alternatively, please download the application form. Please return completed application forms, with two supporting references and a current CV, to