The origins of ZGTF

ZGTF was founded in memory of Zibby Garnett who administered the Historic Decorative Crafts course at the Lincolnshire College of Art and Design (which later became part of Lincoln University) until her early death in 1999. ZGTF was launched the following year.

About Zibby Garnett

In addition to her many roles within the University, Zibby Garnett, on her own initiative, forged links with Sintra College of Art in Portugal and arranged for parties of Lincoln students to make exchange study visits with Sintra students. Further exchanges were established with Sint Lucas College at Boxtel in Holland and there is little doubt that others would have followed.

The study subjects sponsored by ZGTF reflect Zibby Garnett’s own interests and work.

In her memory, a room in Lincoln University Library is named ‘The Zibby Garnett Library’ and houses the bound reports of the Zibby Garnett Scholars’ study placements, as well as the rarer conservation books owned by Lincoln University.


David Garnett (1939 – 2021)


Alan Baxter CBE, Geoffrey Bond OBE DL, Dr Peter Burman MBE,
Gillian Hill, Dr John Lord, Dr John Martin Robinson, Hugh Matheson DL, Anne Riches OBE DL,

Prof James Stevens Curl, The Right Revd Nigel Stock, Martin Williams.

Trustees (Click for more information)

Dr Christos Karydis
Catrin Jones
Paul Tear MBE – Chairman
Dr David Wheeler LVO
Jessica Pollard
Sue Garnett MBE, Dip Cons, FRSA
David Douglas


ZGTF is funded by donations, raised by public appeal. To find out more about its finances or to make a donation, click on donate.

Registered Charity No. 1081403

As a charity regulated by the Charity Commission, ZGTF is run by a board of Trustees and an administrator.

In addition, ZGTF is supported by 11 patrons, all of them influential in the fields of conservation and the arts.