Headley Trust: Archaeological Acquisition Fund Grants

The Headley Trust

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Grant amount: Up to £10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Museum/Library/Zoo

Funding uses: Capital Project, Exhibitions

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

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The Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund has been established by the Headley Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts. Its trustees realise the great difficulties many regional and local museums find in raising the money to buy archaeological artefacts. They have set aside funds to help museums to do this. They are also aware of the proliferation of finds as a consequence of the success of the Portable Antiquities Scheme. The Headley initiative is intended to help museums secure and display notable finds.

A selection of objects purchased with the help of the Headley Trust is shown on this site.

Museums may apply for artefacts classified as Treasure under the Treasure Act 1996 and, since 2008, other UK archaeological items which are more than 300 years old found or excavated at any point. It is unable to consider items to be sold at auction. The minimum purchase price is £500 and the maximum is £300,000. The Headley Trust will consider a contribution towards the balance required. The maximum grant the Trust will award is unlikely to exceed £10,000. 

The Headley Scheme runs alongside and in collaboration with the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Headley initiative is intended to help museums secure and display notable finds.
  • This scheme runs alongside, and in close collaboration with, the V&A Purchase Grant Fund. Applicant museums need to meet the eligibility criteria laid out in the Information for Applicants document available from the V&A Purchase Grant Fund.
    • The Purchase Grant Fund will advise the museum when a case is eligible for the Headley Museums Archaeological Acquisition Fund.