The Bill Pettit Memorial Award

The Bill Pettit Memorial Award – £2000

NatSCA is pleased to invite applications to this year’s Bill Pettit Memorial Award. Up to £2,000 of grant money, is available to NatSCA members this year to support projects including the conservation, access and use of natural science collections.

Charles Arthur William ‘Bill’ Pettit (1937-2009) started his career with the National Institute of Oceanography but moved to the Manchester Museum in 1975 to become Assistant Keeper of Zoology. In his time at Manchester, Bill worked tirelessly for the collections and was instrumental in projects such as FENSCORE as well as numerous publications. It is in recognition of his commitment to natural science collections that we would like to offer this annual award.

Projects will be assessed against NatSCA’s mission to promote collections care, use and access of Natural Science collections. We are looking for projects that can be delivered on time and budget, leaving a tangible legacy. Each project will be considered on its own merits by the NatSCA committee and the committee’s decision, including not awarding any money that year, will be final. 

The application form can be found on our website: The deadline for applications 2019 applications is Friday 8th March.

Applications are open to NatSCA individual or institutional members only. Find out how to join at we welcome new members.

Please contact David Gelsthorpe (, 0161 3061601) for further information or to submit a grant application.

Terms and conditions

We cannot retrospectively fund projects.

Projects must be completed and invoiced for, within one calendar year.

The grant will be paid on submission of receipts for previously agreed costs and a report/article for NatSCA Notes & Comments or the Journal of Natural Science Collections.

The grant can be used to pay for equipment or staff costs, but evidence for need must be provided.

The grant can be used for to explore new techniques and innovation, but we ask for some evidence that they are valid.

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