Fundraising & Support

We continue to apply to grant making trusts, but we depend enormously on individuals supporting us too. If you would like to be involved there are a number of ways in which you can help.


‘There is a great tradition in Britain: our 18th century churchyard stones had a warmth and personality to them which still delight today. We produced Eric Gill, we still produce young people, who although it will never make their fortune, devote their lives to the hard, dusty, beautiful art of letter-cutting. They study it to make sculpture unite the living with the dead and the unborn.’

Libby Purves –  from an article, Carved with Pride, written for The Times after visiting our first exhibition, The Art of Remembering.

If you would like to be involved in supporting the Lettering Arts, we would be most grateful for a donation towards our work, however small.  This could be towards our core funding or towards any one of our projects.

Our current projects are:

The two-year Apprenticeship Scheme

The Journeyman Scheme

Bursaries – help for those starting out

Lettercarving Workshops

The Art & Memory Collection (a National Collection of Contemporary Memorial Art)

Guidance on all aspects of commissioning a memorial

Lettering Workshops for Schools

TOUCH Workshops for blind & visually impaired children

If you would like to speak to someone at the Charity regarding a donation or our workshops and apprenticeships scheme, please contact us and we will help you in any way we can.

The Lettering and Commemorative Arts Trust, formerly The Memorial Arts Charity, was established in 1998, ten years after Memorials by Artists was founded, to promote, for public benefit, education in and appreciation of the arts and crafts associated with memorials, particularly good design and letter-carving.

Our objectives are:

  • to foster and promote the art of fine letter-carving and good design in the making of contemporary memorials and wherever good lettering is required (eg lettered works for private gardens, public spaces and architectural lettering),
  • to provide letter-carving workshops throughout the UK catering for all abilities,  from beginners to professionals, and organising regular symposiums for professional letter-carvers, in order to maintain and strengthen Britain’s long tradition of letter-carving in stone
  • to maintain our Apprenticeship Scheme whereby suitable students are apprenticed to Master letter-carvers for two years
  • to provide opportunities for the public to see and engage with memorial art of the highest quality, raising public awareness of the historic traditions of memorial art, its role in the remembrance of those who have died, and the solace this can bring to the bereaved
  • to encourage more creative rules and regulations in our churchyards and cemeteries so that memorial art can continue to flourish
  • to influence standards in trade memorial making, forging links with the memorial trade to help improve design and lettering skills within the industry

Please help support the work of The Lettering and Commemorative Trust through donating on line or by contacting the charity directly.

Funding Support


We are extremely grateful to our current funders and the Trusts and Foundations that have generously supported us for core funding and/or our projects (the Lettercarving Workshops, the Apprenticeship Scheme and the Art & Memory Collection) at various periods over the last fourteen years. Current Funders P F Caritable Trust The Finnis Scott Foundation The J Paul Getty Junior Charitable Trust Frederick Mulder Trust The Behrens Foundation The Cochemé Charitable Trust The David Cock Foundation The Derek Hill Foundation The John Ellerman Foundation The Marsh Christian Trust   The Radcliffe Trust The Tanner Trust The Worshipful Company of Masons  The Esmeé Fairbairn Foundation  NADFAS  Past Funders  Arts Council England, East The David Whitbread Charitable Trust Frederick Mulder Charitable Trust The Ernest Cook Trust J P Getty Jnr Charitable Trust Suffolk Coastal District Council The Hedley Foundation The Hugo Halkes Charitable Trust The Jerwood Charitable Foundation The Monument Trust The National Trust at Blickling The Nichols Charitable Trust The Pelegrin Trust The Prince’s Charitable Trust The Rayne Foundation The Salisbury Trusts The Scottish Arts Council William Grant & Sons Charitable Trust

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