Honours for Martin Ashley

Martin Ashley (Scholar 1976) was awarded the MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) by HM The Queen at Buckingham Palace on 1st March 2011.

Martin has worked for the Royal Household for a number of years now, on St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, Clarence House, St James’s Palace, the Chapel Royal and Buckingham Palace. He has just finished works to the south face of the courtyard at Buckingham Palace, which was the remaining Blore face which has for a long time been in a parlous state. The original Caen stone had begun to drop off. Repairs have included the use of some new Caen stone. He thinks that it is the repair of this particular element that attracted the award.

Martin is partly following in the footsteps of Arthur Francis (Scholar 1965) who also worked for the Royal Household for many years. At the time of the setting up of the Dance Scholarship Trust he was working on Clarence House and it was he who encouraged us, the steering committee of what was to become the DST, to ask HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to launch the Dance Scholarship Trust.

We should also like to remind everyone that this follows on from the lovely news that Donald Insall (Scholar 1950) received a knighthood last summer.

With grateful thanks to Shawn Kholucy for supplying this information.

SPAB welcomes new Scholars

After a gruelling selection process, SPAB has appointed three new Scholars (two architects and a structural engineer) and four new William Morris Craft Fellows (one plasterer and three stonemasons). They all start their programme on 21st March 2011.

Rachel and Pip have sent a message to all past Scholars and Fellows asking them to suggest suitable projects to visit that are in progress or coming up this year.  Based on the information that they received last year they were able to arrange a fabulous programme for both groups.

This years Scholars are Boris Bogdanovic (26), Jo Kelly (31) and Harry Wardill (30).

Peter Bird’s Memorial Service

For the many of you who knew Peter Bird, we would like to let you know that a memorial service has been arranged for 25th March 2011 at Wells Cathedral at 2.00pm.

For those who wish to attend or require further information, may we suggest that you contact Andy Faulkner (Scholar 2010) who works at Caroe & Partners in their Wells office.

Kind regards, David Evans

Missing email addresses

You may have seen the email sent by David earlier this month asking for help finding email addresses for some past Scholars. If you haven’t already done so, can you please have a look at the list of names and pass on any information you might have to David.

We’re currently working on a Scholars ‘Roll of Honour’ – a list of everyone who has been a Lethaby Scholar and the dates of their scholarship.  We hope to add this to the website in the next few weeks.

Sonia Rolt FRS OBE

Congratulations to Sonia Rolt, a long standing member of the SPAB’s Education Committee who received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for services to industrial archaeology and to heritage.  Sonia has always been a dedicated and enthusiastic supporter of the Scholarship programme and we’re all delighted to hear that her contribution has been recognised in this way.  Well done Sonia!

A Christmas message from the Committee

The Committee thought it would be a good idea for a little brief Christmas message with our news from 2010 and events to look forward to in 2011.

Nigel Copsey shows DST members around York House

Nigel Copsey shows DST members around York House

As many of you will know this year’s Dance Scholarship Trust AGM was held at York House, Malton, Yorkshire on the 4th-5th September. A special mention goes to Nigel Copsey, who provided us with amazing support in helping us organise the event. The weekend was concluded by an educational walk from Castle Howard to the Mausoleum. Thanks again for everybody who came and helped to make this another great weekend. Hope to see you again at next year’s AGM…

…which will be on the 3rd-4th September 2011 where it is our intention to hold the AGM in Tewkesbury. We would appreciate it if there are any scholars who are local to the area, or have local knowledge, and would like to help us with tips, cakes and anything else contact Harriet asap.

The 2009 scholars are currently organising a fundraising event for the Dance Scholarship Trust during the 2nd Bank holiday in May (25th-30th). We would like to challenge the trustees to come and join us and row from London to Kelmscott. Details are being finalised, however it will be over 5 days and people are invited to come for a day, or more, and join us in the evening to give their support. Again if anyone is interested, please email us.

DST members explore Malton and its environs!

DST members explore Malton and its environs!

The 2008 scholars are organising a pub quiz for February/March 2011. We will keep you updated on where and when!

On a financial note, please remember that even a small regular donation means a lot for the Trust. The Trust was started and grows through the generous help from you and friends of the Trust.

There are many ways to contribute; either through DST Standing Order Form, PAYE schemes and one-off donations.  For those who’ve heard of Just Giving, the DST has a page set up for donations at http://www.justgiving.com/dst.

York House, Malton

York House, Malton

There will be a new website at the beginning of the New Year, which will report on the development of the up-coming events; and for those on Facebook there is also a Dance Scholarship Trust group. So please come and join us.

Many thanks for your support and the committee wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Harriet, David, Chloe, Kirstie, Jessica, Naomi, Hugh and Fergus

Welcome to the Dance Scholarship Trust website


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 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. Find out more about the DST on the About page.

If you have any suggestions about features that you would like to see on the website or information you think we should include please drop us a line!