Nehru Trust Awards

Nehru Trust Awards

The Trust aims to achieve its mission by making it possible for scholars and professionals from India and the UK to develop and share skills relevant to these subjects and to gain access to Indian cultural resources both in India and in the UK.

The Trust’s primary activity is an annual awards programme for individual scholars and museum professionals from both countries in order to enable them to study, carry out research or undertake training in both India and the UK. The awards programme is announced each autumn; awards are made in late March and must be taken up within the subsequent year (1 April to 31 March).

The Trust also administers grants on behalf of the V&A Jain Art Fund, and works in collaboration with the Charles Wallace India Trust with whom it offers an annual joint UK Visiting Fellowship.


Radhika Sahgal

Miniature paintings and works on paper: Conservation and care

I was already in the process of conserving Indian miniatures but the award gave me a chance not only to be involved in practical conservation at the V&A but also to visit and discuss the treatment techniques employed by other Paper Conservation Studios. This gave me an opportunity to get acquainted with new materials and techniques. I procured samples of some of these materials in the UK and since then have been able to find some locally. There is unfortunately still a dearth of materials for conservation in India.

Chandrahasa Bhat

An internship to study the latest techniques relating to the conservation of paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge University.

My internship in the paper conservation department at the Hamilton Kerr Institute at the University of Cambridge was really interesting and exciting. It is not an exaggeration if I sawy it is a well equipped conservation studio with highly experienced conservators. My aim was to learn some advanced techniques implemented in conservation, mainly on Indian miniature paintings and western paintings on paper. I was looking for various techniques on consolidation, lining of paper paintings, relaxing of cockled and wrinkled paintings, filling of missing areas and mounting techniques.

Dr Amin Jaffer

Anglo-Indian furniture

Fieldwork in relation to the catalogue of the V&A Museum's Anglo-Indian furniture collection

Elizabeth Lambourn

Islamic architecture and stone carving in Cambay

Dr Graham Parlett

Western Artists in India

Research relating to the catalogue of paintings of India by western artists in the collections of the V&A Museum

Cary Rajinder Sawhney

"Cinema and Independence" research project

Philip Andrew Thompson

The Conservation of  Indian Paintings

To present two training workshops on the conservation of Indian paintings and to study painting on cotton in India

Dr John Clarke

Himalayan collections at the V&A

Research towards a catalogue of the Himalayan collection in the V&A Museum

Mrinalini Mani

To study the iconic paintings of the Thanjavur and Mysore schools with regard to the materials and techniques adopted to aid their conservation

Vidya Murthy

Folk Arts of Karnataka