Robert Barker Bequest Grant 2022

The Silver Society is delighted to announce that it has received a generous legacy in the will of noted silver researcher, Robert Barker. The terms of his will state that the legacy should be used to encourage original research in the field of ‘eighteenth-century silversmiths from Great Britain, its colonies and possessions and their works’.

The Robert Barker Bequest will fund grants to individuals to assist with costs associated with research in these fields. Grant amounts will vary depending on the project but will not exceed £5000 and are not intended for projects involving commercial profit.

Grant applications, which should include an abstract of the proposed research, an academic reference and a detailed budget, should be submitted by 6 September of this year. Further grant rounds will be announced in subsequent years. Applications will be reviewed by a specially convened panel and successful applicants will be announced on 4 October.

Grantees will be expected to submit the results of their research to the Silver Society in the form of a paper, which may be published in the Society’s Journal. They may also be invited to speak at a future Silver Society meeting.

For further information about applications and conditions, please contact the Grants Secretary, Emma Paragreen on

Applications are invited by 4 September 2022 to support research in the field of 18th Century silversmiths from Great Britain, its colonies and possessions and their works.

If you have a general enquiry please use the form below or write to us at:
The Secretary, 
PO Box 84