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Trusts and foundations

Trusts and foundations

Trusts and foundations

The National Portrait Gallery has developed relationships with both UK and international trusts to help fund many aspects of the Gallery's work.

The Gallery is most grateful to our trust and foundation supporters, and recognise that without their generosity, many key projects would not have been possible. We outline below some of the specific areas that trusts and foundations can support.

Karen Griffiths, Pilgrim Trust Frame Conservation Intern, gilding a picture frame

Learning and Access

Case study: Since 2003, The Vodafone Foundation has supported the Gallery's Access Programme for children and young people with disabilities, special educational needs and learning difficulties. Drawing inspiration from the Collection, the programme offers imaginative engagement activities and resources that are tailored for children and young people of all ages and abilities.


Case study: The Mercers' Company is one of a number of trusts supporting Making Art in Tudor Britain, which started in April 2007. This exciting project explores the production of painted imagery in the Tudor period, and involves the detailed technical analysis of the Tudor and Jacobean collections. There have already been some remarkable results. Making Art in Tudor Britain will culminate in a major exhibition in 2013, with a publication, associated learning activities and web-based resources.


Case study: The National Portrait Gallery is a leading authority on frame conservation and historical research. The Pilgrim Trust has funded the Frame Conservation Study Programme at the Gallery since 2004. This exceptional two-year scheme offers a structured programme of study and practical experience, and will help disseminate frame conservation skills throughout the museum and galleries sector.

In 2014 the Gallery was awarded a grant for the conservation of 3 paintings from our Tudor Collection from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Art Conservation Project. For further detail on the project click here.

For more information on how a trust or foundation can support the National Portrait Gallery, please contact:

Susie Holden
Fundraising Manager
020 7312 2454
[email protected]

Catherine Yexley
Trusts Manager
020 7312 2454
[email protected]

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