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2021 Collections Access Grants awarded to Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery and York Art Gallery

Image: Freedom Casket awarded to Sir Alec Rose, 1968, designed by Jeanne Werge-Hartley.  ©Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

The Decorative Arts Society April 2021 grant of £5000 has been awarded to Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery to help fund a display case for the major exhibition of civic silver opening in May 2022. Portsmouth’s collection is one of the most significant in Britain outside London. It comprises 160 pieces with interesting post-1850 examples such as a rosewater dish and ewer by Robert Garrard, London, 1871 and a silver Freedom Casket designed by Jeanne Werge-Hartley. After the exhibition, the case will enable more of the museum’s important decorative arts such as examples from the Handley-Read collection to be on view.


Image: Coffee service, 1946, by Bernard Leach. ©The Estate of Bernard Leach/York Museums Trust

The Decorative Arts Society April 2021 grant of £4800 has been awarded to the Centre of Ceramic Art (CoCA) at York Art Gallery to support the publication of a book on the pioneering British studio pottery collector, W. A. (Bill) Ismay (1910-2001). Ismay’s bequest of his collection of over 3600 pots and archive of over 50,000 items of supporting documentation to York led to the establishment of CoCA. The publication reassesses Ismay, revealing the educated, dynamic, generous collector behind the trademark beret and magnifying glass. It also sheds light on the curatorial challenges posed by the acquisition of such a large collection. The book will be published to coincide with a major exhibition opening in October 2021.




2019 Kelmscott Manor/Society of Antiquaries to enable the redisplay in a purpose-built case of the important embroidery The Homestead and the Forest, 1890, designed by May Morris and embroidered by Jane Morris (£2500) 


Blackwell Master Bedroom


Horrockses Fabric



The institutions listed are where the awardees worked when applying for the bursary.