Seeking new Scholars!

It’s that time of year again when we start the search for the next group of SPAB Scholars.  Can we please remind all past Scholars to encourage potential applicants to apply by the end of the year?

If you are a new visitor to the Dance Scholarship Trust website and are interested in the SPAB’s nine month long training scheme for young building conservation professionals you can find details about the Scholarship programme and how to apply on the SPAB website.

Great Thames Row presentation

Tony Evans and Hugh Conway Morris

Tony Evans and Hugh Conway Morris

At the Dance Scholarship Trust AGM held in Deerhurst St Mary on Saturday 3rd September Tony Evans presented a gift of thanks to Hugh Conway Morris for all his hard work in organising the Great Thames Row, for captaining the skiff and most importantly for remaining indefatigably cheerful throughout.

Well done Hugh!

AGM Mailing

All DST members should have received their invitation to this year’s AGM and Gathering in Tewkesbury by now. Most of the invitations went out by email but if you didn’t receive yours or you need a paper copy please contact David Evans.

Gathering 2011 details announced!

The 2011 Gathering will be held on 3rd-4th September with the AGM taking place at 3pm in St Mary’s Church at Deerhurst.

Planned events will include tours of Tewkesbury Abbey led by Neil Birdsall and Andrew Townsend and a visit to the John Moore Countryside Museum with its secret gardens.

In the evening there will be a champagne reception in the garden of Forthampton Court followed by a buffet dinner.

The full Itinerary for the weekend is now available.

Great Thames Rowers on the final straight!

We’ve added yet more atmospheric photographs of the Great Thames Row to the gallery courtesy of SPAB Scholar Lucy Stewart.  There’s a lovely image of the full crew of 7 – Lucy, Hugh, Simon, Harriet, Henry, Drew and Jan – at Windsor on Saturday.  We can also say that the team are making good progress down the Thames despite dropping the map in the water… twice…

New Great Thames Row photos available!

More photographs of SPAB scholars and friends messing about on the water have been uploaded to the gallery.  A big thanks to Kirstie Robbins for sending these in.

And more good news – the sum raised so far is now £1,455.  With two and a half days still to go we have decided to raise the bar (oar?) so we’re now aiming for £2,000. Thanks to everyone who has donated money to support the Dance Scholarship Trust so far.  If you haven’t yet made your pledge please visit today!

Great Thames Row Update

The rowers are making good progress down the Thames and we’re pleased to say that they’ve had time to take a few photographs of their endeavours.  These are now available in the Great Thames Row Gallery.  Well done team – keeping going!

The sponsorship money is flowing in too – the team have raised £1380 for far and are only £120 short of their target of £1500.  Can you help them to beat this?  Go to to make your pledge!

Please support the Great Thames Row!

Two years ago the Committee launched their yearly fundraising event with the Morris Meander – a walk carried out by two teams, setting off from Kelmscott Manor in Gloucestershire and Kelmscott House in London respectively. The teams walked nearly 70 miles each, following the route of William Morris along the Thames path, meeting in the middle after three days and a total of 132 miles.

This year, the committee are proposing to raise the stakes and the cash by rowing the full 132 miles between Kelmscott Manor and Kelmscott House in a traditional Thames ‘skiff’. The Great Thames Row will take the amateur rowers seven days, starting at Kelmscott Manor on Tuesday 24th May and finishing at Kelmscott House, London, on Bank Holiday Monday 30th May.

So please dig deep, hope that it doesn’t rain and sponsor us via  Please make your donations now!

Academic success for Dr Forster!

The DST Committee is delighted to share the news that two academic papers written by Dr Alan Forster have recently taken top prizes in the Emerald Literati Network 2011 Awards for Excellence.

Alan was the Outstanding Paper Award Winner 2011 for the academic journal papers entitled “Condition survey objectivity and philosophy driven masonry repair:  An increased probability for project divergence” published in Structural Survey.

In addition, he was Highly Commended Paper Award Winner 2011 for the academic journal papers entitled “Building conservation philosophy for masonry repair:  Part 2 – Principles” published in Structural Survey. Well done Alan!

You can read more about Alan’s work on the Heriot Watt website.