• Celebrating Craft at the V&A


     Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship


    On 6th March The Earl of Snowdon, Vice Patron of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), hosted our annual dinner at the V&A, at  which 24 QEST Scholars demonstrated their skills, including enamelling, watchmaking, basket making, sculpting, blacksmithing and armoury.

    An auction of pieces made by QEST Alumni, as well as luxury handcrafted goods, bespoke tours and masterclasses, raised more than £150,000 which will go towards supporting the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.




    The Earl of Snowdon said, ‘It was an honour to host the ‘Celebration of Craft’ dinner and auction at the Victoria and Albert Museum in support of QEST. The Victoria and Albert Museum, the home of ‘manufactures’, is the perfect setting to showcase the importance of British craftsmanship. It was great to see so much generous support and enthusiasm for QEST from so many people. I would like to thank everybody involved in organising this special event and all who came along to help continue the important work of QEST. British craftsmanship has a bright future!’


    QEST Hand Loom Weaving Apprentice Libby Kates QEST | Garfield Weston Foundation Sculpture Scholar Thomas Merrett


    Lance Patterson, CEO, at Penhaligon’s, the event’s principal sponsor, said, ‘As a luxury brand and Royal Warrant holder, Penhaligon’s are reliant on the highest level of craftsmanship. QEST’s mission to support excellence in craft in the UK is synonymous with our brand values and our reputation for supporting British Craftsmanship throughout our 147-year history. Penhaligon’s are delighted to be supporting a QEST scholar – showing our commitment to training the next generation. Fundraising is of the utmost importance to allow QEST to continue the significant work it does and Penhaligon’s are proud to continue helping the charity and sponsor the 2018 gala dinner at The Victoria & Albert Museum.’

    QEST | D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust Basket Making Scholar Annemarie O’Sullivan
     QEST Millinery Scholar Jane Fryers Bespoke Suit of Armour made by QEST Blacksmithing Scholar Graham Ashford


    A huge thank you to all our sponsors, supporters and partners for making such a fantastic event possible.



    Share this story

  • 2018 QEST Funding


    Supporting Excellence in British Craftsmanship

    NOW OPEN: 8 JAN 2018 – 16 FEB 2018


    We are currently receiving applications for funding of training and education in a Craft skill.  Funding is available to individuals for Scholarships for a particular course or training; and to businesses (in particular smaller companies) to employ Apprentices. 

    If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund and see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions:

    Scholarships                                         Apprentices

    All applications are submitted online via our website, but please email or call 0207 798 1539 for any application queries.


    Share this story

  • Fundraising Gala Dinner at the V&A


    QEST is excited to be holding its third fundraising dinner in the magnificent setting of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Dome and Raphael Gallery on Tuesday, 6 March 2018. Vice Patron, Lord Snowdon, will host this celebration and showcase of excellence in British craftsmanship, raising funds to support the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople.


    DATE:  Tuesday 6 March 2018

    LOCATION: Victoria & Albert Museum, Kensington, London

    DRESS CODE: Black Tie

    PRICE: £500 per person OR £5k per table of 10





    Enjoy Champagne and Cocktails from Moet & Chandon and Johnnie Walker, whilst interacting with QEST’s Alumni as they demonstrate and showcase their incredible talents.  A sumptuous Dinner will follow in the Raphael Gallery, with a Live and Silent Auction of exquisite items from QEST Scholars, as well as craft and luxury experiences. 


    This event is sponsored by Penhaligon’s.






    Read More
    Share this story

  • 2017 QEST Apprenticeships


    2017 Apprenticeship Funding


    QEST financially supports companies wishing to employ Apprentices, helping to pass on skills to the next generation of craftspeople. If you are an aspiring craftsperson or seeking to engage an Apprentice we could help! 

    QEST are offering financial support of up to £18,000 over a period of 3 years – funding equipment, training or helping to provide the Living Wage.

    If you have any queries, particularly around eligibility, please visit our how to apply or alumni page to understand what craft categories we fund. Alternatively, for more information please email or call 0207 798 1535.

    We will be receiving completed applications until 5pm 3rd August 2017 – all submissions are to be submitted online: APPLY NOW 


    Share this story

  • His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of QEST

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales becomes Patron of QEST


    The Prince of Wales surrounded by the Spring 2015 QEST Scholars and Apprentices at a Reception at Clarence House. (Photography by Paul Burns)


    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales has become Patron of QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) – the charity sustaining excellence in craftsmanship.


    QEST, the Charity of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, was founded in 1990 to celebrate the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother and the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association. In 2016 HM Queen Elizabeth II agreed to become Patron of QEST during her 90th birthday year.


    Chairman of QEST, Nick Crean, says, “We are honoured that the Prince of Wales, a longstanding advocate of the importance of heritage skills and craftsmanship, has agreed to become Patron of QEST.  His Royal Highness’s commitment to transforming lives through his charitable interests, particularly youth opportunity and education, is well known and respected.  Becoming our new Patron underlines the importance of QEST’s work in supporting the nation’s craft industry which contributes £4 billion a year to the economy.  By promoting and supporting excellence, opportunity and creativity in traditional, endangered and contemporary crafts, QEST helps to champion and nurture the skills which sustain Britain’s cultural heritage.’


    QEST supports the education and training of talented and aspiring craftspeople through its Scholarship and Apprenticeship Schemes, Since1990, QEST has supported more than 400 craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds in over 130 skills.  Many of these skills were on display during the recent successful London Craft Week which brought together organisations and makers in a celebration of craft.


    QEST continues to go from strength to strength and has just announced another 20 new Scholarships for 2017, who, with the 2016 Apprentices, will be showcasing their extraordinary talent at the Annual Luncheon of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and QEST on 6 June at the London Hilton Park Lane, where the guest speaker will be one of QEST’s Vice Patrons, the Marquess of Salisbury.


    Struthers of London Watch by
    2017 QEST Johnnie Walker Scholar Craig Struthers


    Stone finial by
    2017 QEST Howdens Scholar
    Lily Marsh


    Enamel pendant by
    2017 QEST Bendicks Scholar
    Harry Forster-Stringer



    For further press information please contact:
    Eve or Alasdair at The Ideas Network
    on 020 7351 4719, or email


    Share this story

  • A Celebration of Craft

    Join QEST for


    Hosted by VISCOUNT LINLEY 

    at THE V&A MUSEUM 

    on THURSDAY 2 MARCH  2017


    Marcus_Dawes_44 Marcus_Dawes_283-683x1024 Marcus_Dawes_403-683x1024 


    The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) is delighted to announce its second fundraising dinner to help QEST in its aim of sustaining British heritage through excellence in craftsmanship.


    The V&A Museum, the world’s leading museum for art, design and craftsmanship has, once again, been chosen for the venue and 400 guests will be attending this celebration of British craft. Cocktails and Champagne will commence the evening in the stunning setting of The Dome and dinner will be held in The Raphael Gallery.


    A range of QEST scholars from stonemasons to saddlers, stained glass makers to armourers and a host of other extraordinary craftspeople will be demonstrating their skills throughout the evening.



    Tables are priced at £5,000 for 10 guests

    Tickets are priced at £500 per ticket


    Don’t miss your chance to be part of this fantastic event! Email Alanna Fisher at for table sales or for more information on sponsorship opportunities.


    Supported by


    Share this story