QEST is immensely grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their generous support:

The 29th May 1961 Charitable Trust
The Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement
The Ashley Foundation
Clive Beecham/Grandey’s Place
Bendicks (Mayfair)
Benefact Trust
The Battersea Power Station Foundation
The Blagrave Trust
The Britford Bridge Trust                                Burberry
The Cambridge Satchel Company
The Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust
The D'Oyly Carte Charitable Trust
The Dulverton Trust
The Edith Murphy Foundation
Ernest Cook Trust

The Finnis Scott Foundation
Garfield Weston Foundation
Tom Helme OBE
Howdens Joinery
John Smedley
John Walker & Sons
The Kirby Laing Foundation
Lock Hatters
The London Art History Society
Vivienne and Robin Menzies
Sir James Knott Trust
The Pilgrim Trust
The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund
The Radcliffe Trust
The Royal Warrant Holders Association
R W Armstrong

Sandringham Association of Royal Warrant Holders
The Stanley Picker Trust
Thomas Fattorini
The Wheler Foundation
The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars
The Worshipful Company of Broderers
The Worshipful Company of Carpenters
The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers
The Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
The Worshipful Company of Turners             William Parker
Winch Design

CASE STUDY - JohNnie Walker

In 2012, Johnnie Walker brought together more than 60 craftspeople, including its whisky blenders and coopers and QEST Scholars bookbinder Laura West and calligrapher Sally Mangum, to make a special edition Scotch whisky to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.  The project raised £1 million for QEST and Johnnie Walker now enjoys working with a growing number of QEST Scholars.  Artist maker Daniel Durnin, watchmaker Craig Struthers, tailor Jennie Adamson and printmaker Jemma Gunning have all spent time in Scotland finding shared materials, knowledge, and skills with their crafts, and QEST fundraising events are supported by Johnnie Walker bartenders making British craft-inspired cocktails.


In 2019, as part of their 235th anniversary celebrations, John Smedley launched a partnership with QEST for a series of events and collections to underline their commitment to British craftsmanship.  Ten QEST alumni were highlighted throughout the year, with events at the Jermyn Street store, features in multiple press articles and major print and digital advertising campaigns, films were showcased at 30ft high within Harvey Nichols, and an exhibition in central London for the year saw over 6700 visitors each week. Jeweller Kayo Saito represented the campaign at the launch of the 235 project in Tokyo where she discussed her work and QEST with HRH The Princess Royal. The scholars also modelled in the Smedley 235 campaign which documented their craft, and worked with the brand to create a customised garment blending knitwear with inspiration from their individual crafts. To date the project has reached over 7 million people worldwide.

Image ©Asia Werbel for the John Smedley 235 campaign


Winch Design appreciate that the success of their projects is wholly reliant on not just the skill of their talented design teams, but also on the dedication and skill of the craftspeople and artisans who bring their projects to life.  They are committed to supporting British craft and in 2020 sponsored their first QEST Scholar, Max Bainbridge.  In order to expose their whole team to craft and the work of QEST, they organised an away day at which nine QEST Scholars ran workshops for their staff, ranging from stone letter carving and ceramics, to sculpture, stained glass and leatherwork.

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