Our Co-Founder, Scott Simpson, in his role as Ambassador for The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) was pleased to support the charity with its first fundraising event at the V&A Museum, London. This exciting inaugural event took place in February 2016. The evening hosted by Viscount Linley, QEST Vice Patron, was a wonderful opportunity for the 250 guests to see the work of many QEST Scholars first hand and to raise funds to support similar talent over the many years it takes to create masters of their craft. Moët jeroboams, a dinner party cooked by Royal Chef Mark Flanagan, a private tour of the McLaren Technology Centre and an outing on The Queen’s Rowbarge Gloriana donated by Lord Sterling were among the lots under the gavel of Christie’s auctioneer Hugh Edmeades.
We look forward to this year’s event taking place on Thursday 2nd March 2017. This second fundraising dinner is to support QEST in its aim of sustaining British heritage through excellence in craftsmanship.
The V&A Museum, the world’s leading museum for art, design and craftsmanship has, once again, been chosen for the venue and 400 guests will be attending this celebration of British craft. Cocktails and Champagne will commence the evening in the stunning setting of The Dome and dinner will be held in The Raphael Gallery.
A range of QEST scholars from stonemasons to saddlers, stained glass makers to armourers and a host of other extraordinary craftspeople will be demonstrating their skills throughout the evening.
QEST was established to help support craftspeople of all ages and from all backgrounds, at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship.
The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since 1990 the Trust has awarded over £3 million to over 400 craftspeople aged between 17 and 58 for study, training and work experience.