The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship2024-03-13T14:26:01+01:00

Welcome to the website of The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship

ZGTF is a charity giving financial help to individual students and apprentices to broaden their understanding of conservation worldwide. The students travel to relevant countries of interest, studying regional heritage craft and conservation techniques, and bring these skills back to the UK.

Subjects of study include one of the following fields:

  • Historic buildings
  • Historic designed landscapes and historic gardens
  • Allied trades, techniques, skills and crafts
  • Artefacts and decorative arts

ZGTF is a registered charity, administered by Trustees. To find out more about it, click on About ZGTF.

Since ZGTF was set up in 2000, it has awarded over £150,000 to 139 students, making it possible for them to travel to 40 countries, worldwide. To see details click on Scholars.

Grant applications are considered once every year with a closing deadline in mid March. The deadline for 2025 will be 7th March @ 5pm.  Interview dates will be announced in the new year.


To learn more about grants, click on Grants.

ZGTF is financed by donations, and receives no government support. To learn more about its finances click on Donate.

What our Scholars say

“The trip gave me something interesting and unique to talk about in interviews and helped me stand out of the crowd. I am now working on a Wellcome Trust funded project to conserve the HIV/AIDS collections at the Lothian Health Services Archive at Edinburgh University.”

Emily Hick - 2012, Northumbria University

“The Zibby Garnett Trust funding kick-started my conservation career and I have since gone on to work in central Asia, in the Middle East, Europe as well as participating in big projects in Britain such as the Staffordshire Hoard and Museum of Bristol.”

Ciarán Lavelle - 2010, Cardiff University

“The training I received in Ascona has been very useful in widening my repertoire of treatment options. Current projects include rebinding a fifteenth-century illuminated French Book of Hours, which has required parchment repair throughout the manuscript.”

Julie Sommerfeldt - 2011, West Dean College

“The trip was invaluable in furthering my practical and theoretical knowledge of fresco conservation. It confirmed my passion for paintings conservation and spurred me on to pursue a career in this field.”

Corrie Tubman - 2013, Northumbria University
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