The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, QEST, was formed in 1990 to mark the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the 90th birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, who graciously consented for her name to be used for the new charity.
QEST supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, vocational training, apprenticeships and one-to-one training with a master craftsperson; helping to support Britain’s cultural heritage and sustain vital skills in traditional and contemporary crafts.
Since its inception, the charity has awarded over £5m to nearly 700 craftspeople, of whom over 90% are still practicing their craft professionally.
QEST continues to reflect the excellence of British craftsmanship as symbolised by the Royal Warrant of Appointment. The vision of the founding Trustees and Royal Warrant holders has enabled QEST to continue to encourage and develop outstanding individuals who demonstrate extraordinary talent in British and contemporary crafts; to excel in their chosen trades and make a vital contribution to the British craft industry.