Maureen Attrill Bursary

Appli­ca­tions are now open for a bur­sary of up to £1,250 to sup­port a research project linked to The Box’s per­ma­nent art collections.

A research bursary established in the memory a long-serving member of Plymouth City Council’s staff has been relaunched and applications are now open.

Maureen Attrill worked at the former Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery for nearly 33 years before her sudden death in February 2011. During that time she made several key acquisitions for the city’s collections and masterminded a number of exhibitions based on hers and other peoples’ research.

Thanks to the generosity of Maureen’s family, The Box Foundation (a charitable organisation that supports The Box) and the former Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, applications are now welcomed for a bursary of up to £1,250 to support a research project linked to The Box’s art collections.

The bursary can be used to fund travel expenses, attendance at conferences, seminars or events, materials, books and childcare costs.

Undergraduates or postgraduates from the University of Plymouth, University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth College of Art, University of Exeter, Arts University Bournemouth, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College, the University of Bristol, members of the University of the Third Age and South West-based museum staff, Open University students and freelance researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will be expected to produce a project summary and a 1,000+ word article on their findings. They will also be offered the opportunity to present their research as part of The Box’s events programme in 2021.

More information about The Box’s art collections can be found online at and