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The James Hughes-Hallett Memorial Scholarship

James Hughes-Hallett enjoying his leaving party at the Courtauld in 2017

James Hughes-Hallett enjoying his leaving party at The Courtauld in 2017

The Courtauld is honoured to establish a scholarship in memory of James Hughes-Hallett

James joined The Courtauld’s Governing Board in 2008 and served as its Chairman for five years between 2012 and 2017. In addition to being an engaged leader, James was a fascinated student of art and conservation, often attending Courtauld lectures and seminars. James shared his interests with his daughter Molly and was thrilled when she enrolled on the Conservation of Easel Paintings Postgraduate Diploma.

Above all, James demonstrated his passion for arts and education with his generous support of scholarships for Courtauld students.

The most recent beneficiary of the James Hughes-Hallett and Katrina Repka Scholarship wrote in her 2019 summer report:

“As I cannot stress this enough, I am going to repeat what I wrote in my last letter: The Courtauld Institute of Art really is the most wonderful environment to be in. It has such an amazing and supportive research community with passionate people who are eager to help each other and to organise lectures and events… your scholarship enables me to take part in invaluable research trips, as seeing objects in person is crucial to my research… I truly am so incredibly grateful for your generous scholarship. Without it, I would not be able to follow my passion and pursue my PhD”

 Charlotte Wytema, PhD Student

Promising art historians and conservators from around the globe come to study at The Courtauld, becoming the leaders of the visual art profession and the talent which underpins the museum and gallery sector globally. For all of them the unique depth, breadth and quality of The Courtauld education offers a path to personal, intellectual and professional growth.

Scholarships and bursaries are essential in ensuring that our students reach their full potential, becoming future world-class curators, conservators, art historians, journalists and researchers. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit combined with financial need to cover tuition fees and make a contribution towards living expenses.

Please donate to continue James’s legacy of philanthropy. Donations in memory of James will support scholarships and bursaries for deserving students at The Courtauld.

The Sophie Trevelyan Thomas scholarship


The Courtauld Institute of Art has had the privilege to work with the family of Sophie Trevelyan Thomas, a Courtauld alumna who died tragically in November 2013, to raise money for a permanently endowed scholarship in Sophie’s name. With thanks to the generosity of our donors, we raised over £250,000. The Sophie Trevelyan Thomas Scholarship covers the tuition fees for one or more student who is taking an MA in any module from the Medieval or Renaissance period, thereby reflecting Sophie’s interests.

“The nature of the scholarship, in memory of Sophie Trevelyan Thomas, adds an element of poignancy to my feelings of thanks. I feel honoured to be the first person awarded this new scholarship, and although I never knew the eponym of my scholarship, I feel proud to have been given this opportunity in memory of a Courtauld Alumna. I can assure you that I am making the most of every moment of my time here, and I thank you for this gift.”

Oliver Coulson, 2014

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