The 2021 application form is ready, however it has not yet been circulated to educational institutions, museums and galleries or conservation departments due to the heavy restrictions on travel because of the coronavirus pandemic. This page will be updated when there is further news of any lifting of travel restrictions.
Usher Travel Bursary
Thanks to a generous bequest from the family of the late Past Master Ray Usher, in 2018 the Worshipful Company of Upholders introduced an annual Travel Bursary. Now in its third year, we are inviting applications from a wide variety of training, craft and heritage organisations relating to our traditional associated Trades of Upholstery, Soft Furnishings, Funeral Directing, Furniture Conservation and the Bedding Industry. Ray Usher travelled extensively both for business and for pleasure and strongly believed in the importance of travel and the benefits it can bring to an individual’s education and development
The travel should be related to the applicant’s employment, training, education, or authorship of papers or books. The focus of the travel could include: design, manufacture (craft or industrial), service improvement, history, exhibitions and conferences, teaching and training or the conservation of furniture textiles.
The scheme comprises of a single, flat sum bursary payment of up to GBP 1,000 and the closing date for applications this year is 31 March 2020. Both Upholders members and non-members in our Associated Trades are invited to apply using the information and form below. This information has also been circulated to 45 organisations representing or with links to the relevant trades and industry.
Report from the recipient of the 2019 Usher Travel Bursary:
Report from the recipient of the 2018 Usher Travel Bursary
20 July 2018: The Worshipful Company of Upholders is pleased to announce that the recipient of the inaugural Upholders’ Travel Bursary in memory of Ray Usher is Beatrice Farmer. In a thorough and well-presented application she set out how by being enabled to attend a conference abroad in the Autumn she will not only further her career in Textile Conservation but also bring greater benefit to the textile and furniture preservation work she carries out for Historic Royal Palaces, ensuring that many of our nation’s treasures remain fit for public display.
The award was presented by Past Master Antony Usher and Warden to the Trade Stephen Chapman.