Project Ideas

So, you’re interested in applying to the Trust but you’re not sure what kind of project you should plan. To help you think about this, we have listed some of the project ideas which have been successful in securing funding in the past.

Projects involving Travel – Please note that the Trust will not make awards for travel overseas in 2022  because of the coronavirus.

Independent travel can be a wonderful experience – especially travel with a purpose. Just getting there and being there is part of it. See below for some of the projects which the Trust has helped to fund in the past.

  • a comparison between Coventry’s and Dresden’s old cathedrals
  • a journey to learn about the Romans in Britain at Hadrian’s Wall
  • a visit to a famous harpist in Dresden to listen and learn
  • the production of a photographic account of New Forest ponies
  • a journey to investigate the history of the piano at the Paris Museum of Music
  • an enquiry into the story surrounding the fate of the 44 Jewish children of Izieu
  • a bird-spotting trip to Land’s End
  • a look at the old railway tracks of Derbyshire and their possible use as cycle-ways
  • a visit to seek out evidence of military action in Normandy
  • an investigation into the making of violins
  • a nostalgic journey to discover Irish roots
  • a visit to Gibraltar to study the apes
  • a look at developments in Lynmouth since the 1952 floods
  • a study of life on Lundy island.

Two girls visited Alderney and produced a brilliant report of wartime Alderney which earned them an extra £100 as winners of the Phillips Award for an outstanding report. See  for more information on reporting on your project.

Home-based Projects

On the other hand, you may have an idea that can be best tackled in the back garden – like making a RAKU kiln or constructing a playground toy.  Some examples of the kinds of things you might undertake for a home-based project are given below. You might decide to:

  • build a wildlife garden pond
  • create a ‘Smart Mirror’ from scratch
  • interview a local artist
  • develop and make a flat-pack chair
  • research Hobson’s Conduit
  • interview a former evacuee
  • prepare a collection of art work for an exhibition