A Celebration of British Craftsmanship provides a glimpse into the vibrant, richly storied world of some of the craftsmen and women that QEST has supported throughout its lifetime.
Founded by the Royal Warrant Holders Association, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 90th Birthday, our aim remains the same today as it did at its inception in 1990 – to sustain Britain’s cultural heritage by supporting excellence in British craftsmanship, through funding the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople.
This book features 100 portraits and stories of QEST Alumni from across the United Kingdom, revealing a wealth of skill, knowledge, respect for traditions, and an abundance of innovative spirit. From an armourer to basketmakers; a block-printer to ceramicists; a calligrapher to silversmiths; a charcoal burner to milliners; to stone carvers, weavers and many more, representing over 80 crafts, traditional and contemporary.
The net proceeds from sales of this book will enable QEST to support the next generation of professional craftspeople, who hold the future of British craftsmanship in their hands.
Andrian Melka – QEST Scholar 2008 – Sculptor
Available to purchase from 29th October at £60 (inc. p&p)
At the Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace in September, Sleepeezee handed over a cheque for £36,000 to QEST Chairman, Nick Crean and Executive Director, Deborah Pocock. Sleepeezee have been raising funds through sales of their special collection and to date have donated over £75,000 to QEST.
“Every product sold by us with the QEST logo generates a contribution to the charity, whose core objective is to sustain British craftsmanship, a vision shared by Sleepeezee and one that is very close to our hearts.
As a UK manufacturer we recognise the need to maintain historical skills used within our industry over hundreds of years and are committed to encouraging excellence in traditional craftsmanship.“
– Howard Wilson, Sleepeezee Managing Director
Our Summer Funding cycle has now opened!
We are currently receiving applications for funding in training and education of a Craft skill – visit our alumni page to understand what Craft categories we fund. 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 around eligibility see our HOW TO APPLY pages for frequently asked questions. Click below to start the application process:
feature image: Mila Chielman – Spring 2018 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Apprentice Spectacle Maker at Cubitts
FINAL FEW DAYS TO APPLY – DEADLINE FRIDAY 27 JULY
QEST (the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) and the Prince’s Foundation are collaborating to deliver an innovative training programme in traditional building skills, linking short courses and workshops with a series of live training builds on heritage sites across the UK. Through a focus on practical, project-based, education this course will not only further develop technical skills and knowledge, but also provide site-based learning and training in business skills vital to the development of the next generation of skilled craftspeople.
The course starts with an intensive series of workshops at Dumfries House, providing an introduction to topics such as traditional architecture, drawing, geometry and the principles of sustainable development. Hosted at the Dumfries House Estate in Scotland, this residential week long course will provide a grounding in the principles and practices of the Prince’s Foundation and QEST and provide participants with an introduction to the year ahead. Following this introductory course, participants will take part in an intensive year long programme, including:
Bursary, Accommodation and Travel:
This is a free programme and all participants will be paid a monthly bursary of £1,000 a month. In addition to this, accommodation will be provided for the duration of the live builds. Students will be expected to use the bursary to cover any additional living and travel costs that may arise throughout the duration of the programme.
The course runs from October 2018 – September 2019. The below breakdown is subject to change but is as follows:
1st – 7th October: Introductory Course at Dumfries House
8th October – 22nd December: Live Build at Hillsborough Castle
23rd December – 6th January: Winter Break
7th – 13th January: London Short Course
14th January – 22nd January: Winter School at Dumfries House
23rd January – 3rd May: Live Build at Dumfries House
19th May – 30th June: Dumfries House and/or external placements
1st July – 28th September: Live Build at Highgrove
The students we recruit for the programme usually come to us with a Level 2 or 3 NVQ or a significant amount of work experience within their chosen trade. The Live Builds will predominantly employ the following trades, although we welcome applicants from other trades: stonemasonry, woodwork (joinery, carpentry, timber framing), plastering, blacksmithing, bricklaying, thatching and painting and decorating.
We ask for the submission of a written application alongside a portfolio – click here to download the form.
Please send all completed applications to: email@example.com
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 Millinery Scholar Jane Fryers||Bespoke Suit of Armour made by QEST Blacksmithing Scholar Graham Ashford|