Grants from the Castle Studies Trust

The Castle Studies Trust is able to fund types of work that enhance the understanding and knowledge of castles.

Grants will initially focus on new work on castles such as architectural and geophysical surveys or scientific tests such as radio-carbon dating as well as projects to enhance the general public’s understanding of castles such as reconstruction drawings.

Grants will be up to a maximum of £7,500. They can also be used in conjunction with other funding sources to co-fund projects of a larger scale.

Criteria for grant applications can be downloaded here.

If you would like to apply for a grant please download and complete the application form (MS Word).

The grant application process will open in September each year and close on 15 December of the same year, or the Friday before if on a weekend. 

If you have any questions regarding the criteria or any other aspect of the grant giving process, please contact Jeremy Cunnington at:

Email address: admin@castlestudiestrust.org
Or by post at:
Flat 3,
46 Ferme Park Road
London
N4 4ED

All grant applications will be assessed by a team of experts which so far includes:

Dr Jeremy Ashbee
Formerly Assistant Curator at the Tower of London, on which he wrote his doctorate; Jeremy is now Head Historic Property Curator at English Heritage and has responsibility for the conservation and presentation of the 420 monuments of the National Collection. He has 16 years of experience researching castles and has lectured and published widely on sites including the Tower of London, Dunstanburgh, Goodrich, Rochester, and most recently the Edwardian castles of North Wales, notably Conwy and Beaumaris.

Dr John Kenyon
Dr John R. Kenyon FSA, FRHistS was Head Librarian of the National Museum of Wales until he retired in November 2013, and is now an Honorary Research Fellow with the Museum. For over thirty-five years he has written a number of books and papers on medieval and later fortifications, particularly the castles of Wales, and is the author of Medieval Fortifications (Leicester University Press, 1990) and The Medieval Castles of Wales (University of Wales Press, 2010), and of a number of guidebooks for Cadw. He was the joint editor of and contributor to The Medieval Castle in Ireland and Wales (Four Courts Press, 2003) and The Impact of the Edwardian Castle in Wales (Oxbow Books, 2010). He has been the representative for Wales on the Castle Studies Group’s committee since it was founded in 1987.

Erik Matthews
He is currently Field Officer of the Architectural and Archaeological Society of Durham and Northumberland responsible for organising and co-ordinating the Society’s Fieldwork activities. This has enabled him to fully develop his interest in the Archaeology of the Late Medieval Elite Residence with a detailed survey of the tower house site at Lammerside Castle in Mallerstang Cumbria (former Westmoreland), on-going project to excavate the Late Medieval Pleasaunce and earlier Manorial site at Hornby Castle in Wensleydale North Yorkshire. He is also Archaeological Advisor to the Sockburn Hall Project near Darlington Co Durham.

Dr Tom McNeill
He was appointed to a lectureship at Queen’s university in 1973 and stayed there, becoming Senior lecturer, until his retirement in 2009. He was a founder-member of the Castle Studies Group and served as UK representative on the committee of Chateau Gaillard, as English-language editor and becoming President in 2008-10. He specialised in medieval stone buildings and published a number of books: Anglo-Norman Ulster (1980), Carrickfergus Castle (1981), The English Heritage book on Castles (1992, 2006), Castles in Ireland (1997) and Faith, Pride and Works (2005); he co-wrote with Jim Mallory on The Archaeology of Ulster (1991). He has also published articles on castles in Chateau Gaillard, Archaeological Journal, Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, etc.

Professor Richard Oram
Richard Oram is Professor of Medieval and Environmental History and Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Stirling. A graduate of the University of St Andrews (MA (Hons) Mediæval History with Archaeology and PhD Mediæval History), he joined the University of Stirling in 2002. His research focuses on secular and ecclesiastical lordship and architecture in the medieval and early renaissance periods, on historic climate change and subsistence crises in the North Atlantic region, and on the social and cultural responses to epidemic disease in the Middle Ages. His publications include Lordship and Architecture in Medieval and Renaissance Scotland (2005), Domination and Lordship: Scotland 1070-1230 (2011), and ‘A House that Thieves Might Knock At’: The Tower as Lordly Residence and The Tower and the Household (2015). He is a former council-member of the Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland.

Dr Stuart Prior
Stuart is Senior Teaching Fellow in Archaeological Practice in the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology  at University of Bristol; He is also Head of Education for the Department. He is also Co-Director of the Berkeley Castle Project, a long-term archaeological research project which was established in 2005, that conducts annual fieldwork at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire. The project’s objective is to build up a detailed picture of the history and archaeology of the castle and the associated settlement of Berkeley.