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Sustainability Project Sharing Day

28th March 2018, Kelmscott Manor, Lechlade, GL7 3HJ

Kelmscott Manor invites museums from around the area to come and find out more about their Arts Council England Resilience funded sustainability project and the Manor's plans, and to hear about what they have learnt.

In a time of political and economic uncertainty and an ever increasing demand on resources, Kelmscott Manor is looking for innovative ways to increase its profile and become more sustainable so that the Manor and its heritage will continue to attract visitors and be maintained for future generations. The day will feature talks about the project and also a talk by a professional fundraiser with a specialism in museums.

Lunch will be provided and a tour of the beautiful property will also be offered. The manor, famed for their cream teas, has been described as an 'utterly beautiful slice of heaven', and this is a day not to be missed! 

NatSCA's Bill Pettit Memorial Award is open

The Natural Sciences Collections Association (NatSCA) is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £1,500 of grant money will be made available to NatSCA members every year to support projects including the conservation, access, and use of natural science collections.

Applications are invited under a wide range of categories. Each project will be considered on its own merits by the NatSCA committee and the committee’s decision, including not awarding any money that year, will be final. Grants up to £1,500 are available. To apply please put together a 700 word project proposal, which must include:

  • The name and status (e.g. charity, individual, local authority) of the applicant
  • The proposed outcomes of the project and benefits to the museum
  • Detailed costs
  • Accurate timescale (including any work undertaken so far and the project end date)
  • Details of other funding/match funding already secured for the project

Grants will be considered on an annual basis in January or February.

Deadline for 2015 applications: Friday 11th December

Successful applicants will be announced at the NatSCA annual general meeting and are required to produce a report/article on their project for publication.

Applications are open to NatSCA individual or institutional members only.

Please contact David Gelsthorpe (, 0161 3061601) for further information or to submit a grant application.

Visit the NatSCA website