The Dance Scholarship Trust was established in 1988 to support the Scholarship programme organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB).

The Chapel at Melsetter House

The Chapel at Melsetter House, Hoy

The Trust is named in honour of Monica Dance, Secretary of the SPAB for many years and staunch advocate of the Scholarship until her death in 1999, and her husband Harry.

The Trust was set up with the specific intention of helping to guarantee funds for the Scholarship in the future. The Trust also provides the additional benefit of a chance for Scholars to get together annually at the AGM.

The principle aims of The Dance Scholarship Trust are:

  • Chatsworth House

    Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

    To promote the sympathetic repair and conservation of our historic building heritage through the highly specialised training given by the SPAB Scholarships.

  • To carry on the tradition of this unique form of professional training through the handing down of knowledge from one generation to another.
  • To ensure that there is a permanent capital fund that will endow at least one Scholarship in perpetuity.

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Bell Foundry

Bell Foundry

The Dance Scholarship Trust Committee is made up of former Scholars. To date the money raised by the Trust has enabled us to support at least one Scholar a year. The present Committee are working to raise enough capital to enable the Trust to fund two Scholars annually.

It is the awareness of constructional matters, of the capacity and ability of materials, of the building tradesman, and thereafter the effects of all three on the continuing passage of time, which is the hallmark of the SPAB Scholar.’

Sir Donald Insall CBE, Scholar 1950