Gunning Jubilee Gift

Grant to “enable experts to visit other museums, collections, or materials of archaeological science at home or abroad”

The Gift from Dr Robert Halliday Gunning was one of many prizes made to Edinburgh Institutions in commemoration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee on 20 and 21 June 1887. Council has specified the Gift to be used as a grant to “enable experts to visit other museums, collections, or materials of archaeological science at home or abroad, for the purpose of special investigation and research” and sometimes called “The Gunning Fellowship”.

It was inaugurated in H M Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year 1887-88 “by an Inspection and Report upon the condition and contents of the Archaeological and Ethnological departments of the various local Museums in Scotland” by Dr Joseph Anderson and Mr George F Black. It has also been used by Council to appoint various experts to, for example, compile a list of sculptured stones (PSAS 24 1889-90, 510) and recumbent stone circles (PSAS 34 1899-90, 139).

Grants are made on the recommendation of the Grants and Awards Committee and the approval of the Society’s Council.

Guidelines

The Gunning Jubilee Gift is awarded competitively with the specific aim to “enable experts to visit other museums, collections, or materials of archaeological science at home or abroad, for the purpose of special investigation and research.” The detailed guidelines applicable for this grant are available with the application form below and should be consulted prior to application.

Deadlines

Gunning Jubilee Gift applications should be addressed to the Director and arrive in the Society offices on or before the 30 November each year.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that supporting references and/or other documentation arrives with the Society by the deadline.

The Grants and Awards Committee usually meets in March and their recommendations are considered by Council in April, applicants can therefore expect to hear whether they have been successful or not either late in April or May each year.

Further deadlines regarding the use of grant money and reporting can be found in the guidelines.

Application Form

Download a Guidelines and Application form.

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