Holding onto Daddy (2016), © Benji Reid

For 25 years BADA Friends and the Young Friends have assisted with the purchase of many important objects for national museum collections. The Friends have also helped to fund publications for key cultural institutions. Read an overview of the projects supported by the BADA Friends.  


Projects supported by BADA Friends


Supporting the purchase of a work by surrealist photographer Benji Reid for the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Kent.

Image, above right: Holding onto Daddy (2016), © Benji Reid, courtesy of Bethlem Museum of the Mind.


Supporting the York Minster FundWilliam Morris’s ‘Heaven on Earth’ project at Kelmscott Manor

Supporting the Antique Dealers’ Research Project at the University of Leeds

Supporting the William Morris’s ‘Heaven on Earth’ project at Kelmscott Manor, (image right).


Chih-En Chen from SOAS (School for Oriental and African Studies) the recipient of the BADA Friends Prize in Memory of Brian Morgan


The setting up of the BADA Friends Prize in Memory of its founder Brian Morgan. The first recipient being Corrina Ellis from SOAS (School for Oriental and African Studies)


Supporting Billy Cave a ceramics student at the newly opened Clay College in Stoke


Supporting the publication of a book on the William Kent re-modelled house Raynham Hall in Norfolk


Supporting a student at the Textile Conservation Centre in Glasgow


Purchase of two sketch books by Art Deco designer Pickford Waller for the Library at the Glasgow School of Art              


Sponsorship of the catalogue for the William Kent exhibition starting at The Bard Graduate Centre in New York and transferring to the Victoria & Albert Museum 


Sponsorship of the restoration of a set of Georgian Vestry Chairs from St Magnus the Martyr, City of London


Young Friends donation to the Completing Kettle’s Yard project, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

Sponsorship of student at the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, University of Glasgow


Sponsorship of A Festschrift in honour of the late Jonathan Horne


Young Friends Sponsorship of the Kennington Kids project at The Dulwich Picture Gallery, London


Sponsorship of the book  - Penwork - a Decorative Phenomenon by Nöel Riley

Sponsorship of the catalogue - Thomas Hope Regency Designer for the exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum and New York

Restoration of the Camden’s Britannica for the Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln

Sponsorship of the Chinese Whispers Exhibition at Brighton City Art Gallery, West Sussex


Purchase of a Bronze skillet to complete the collection at the Somerset County Museum, Taunton, Somerset

Restoration of portraits of the founders of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, London


Young Friends Restoration of a painting at the Watts Gallery, Surrey

Restoration of the Apothecaries Chest and Georgian Pole Screens for Kew Palace, London

Part sponsorship of the exhibition Journey to the New World at the Museum of London


Young Friends Sponsorship of the Education Department at The Wallace Collection, London

Sponsorship of Thomas  Chippendale’s The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director 1754 re-printed by the Chippendale Society


Purchase of equipment for the metalware department at West Dean College, West Sussex

Sponsorship of MA Textile Student at the Textile Conservation Unit, Winchester


Purchase of a Matthew Bolton sugar bowl for Soho House, Birmingham

Young Friends Sponsorship of the Education Department at the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum, Bedford

Restoration of the Gainsborough portrait of Samuel Linley, Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Young Friends Sponsorship of The Special Things project for adopted children and their families at the Museum of London


Young Friends Restoration of the Vita Nova Washstand designed by William Burgess at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Restoration of the staircase & the Coade stone font at the Foundling Museum, London


Young Friends Sponsorship of the Quiz Desk at the Geffrye Museum, London


Support of the purchase of the Chippendale Music Desk at Temple Newsam House, Leeds

Purchase of a Longcase Clock for the Petworth Cottage Museum, Petworth, West Sussex


Purchase of a William and Mary Lighthouse Sugar Caster to complete a set at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London