The Silver Society Grants

The Society gives grants for activities that relate to the study and display of silver and gold, such as:

• to help fund publications
• towards research costs
• to subsidise study visits connected with research
• the cost of museum displays

Please apply to the Secretary with details of your project.

    Robert Barker Bequest Grant

    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 annual 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.

    We are delighted to announce that the first grant was awarded in 2021 to Catherine Doucette (University of Virginia) to assist with her research into Jamaican silver. Grants were awarded in 2022 to Laurence Joyce and Sandra Robinson.

    Grant applications should include an abstract of the proposed research, an academic reference and a detailed budget. Entries for 2023 are now closed. Application details for 2024 will be published in the Spring of 2024.

    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