Our aim is to preserve and promote Britain’s historical and intellectual assets and to provide assistance to vulnerable members of society.

We do this by supporting projects where our funds will make the greatest impact. We are also interested in projects where charities are having difficulty in raising funds from other sources.

We aim to be flexible while at the same time staying within our overall priorities.

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Purchase by the Pilgrim Trust of Sir Issac Newton's Library

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Pilgrim Trust helps save ‘Brideshead’ cabinets for the nation

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The Fitzwilliam Museum has successfully raised the £1.2 million needed to save an important pair of pietre dure Roman cabinets for the nation. No other pair of Roman hardstone cabinets exist in a public collection in Britain.

The unique cabinets have been part of the private collection at Castle Howard, Yorkshire, since their purchase by Henry Howard, the 4th Earl of Carlisle, most likely in Rome during his second ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy (1738-9). In 2015 they were sold at auction to a foreign buyer but was then subject to a temporary export bar to give a British institution the opportunity to raise the funds to buy them.




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