Sheldon Memorial Trust School Visit Bursary

The Sheldon Memorial Trust has partnered with York Archaeology to offer a new bursary scheme to contribute towards the cost of visits to York Archaeology’s attractions for local schools.

The Sheldon Memorial Trust is partnering with York Archaeology to launch a new bursary scheme for schools in York and its environs to contribute towards school visit costs to York Archaeology’s attractions in the city, namely JORVIK Viking Centre, DIG and Barley Hall.

Aimed at helping disadvantaged pupils access the benefits of York’s rich history and heritage, a total of five bursaries of £200 each will be awarded to eligible schools within the City of York and a 20-mile radius, to put towards the cost of admission and workshops at York Archaeology attractions. Additionally, one bursary of £300 will be awarded to support a Yorkshire school (outside the York area) to travel to York and visit York Archaeology attractions.

Eligibility and Application Information

  • All schools within the catchment of the City of York and a 20-mile radius are eligible to apply for the £200 bursary and all schools within Yorkshire but outside the York area are eligible to apply for the £300 bursary, but priority will be given to schools with more than 15% of pupils in receipt of the pupil premium.
  • Application is via a short form, providing information about school eligibility, the proposed trip plan and the potential beneficiaries of the visit. The application window will open for 8 weeks each year; in 2024, it will open on 9th May and close on 26th July. 
  • Only one application per school can be submitted per year and applicants can only apply for one bursary per school, either one of the £200 bursaries or the £300 travel bursary.
  • Once an application is submitted and verified as eligible, it is put into a lottery to select recipients of the bursaries for the upcoming academic year. Successful applicants will be contacted shortly after the deadline has passed.
  • The prize awarded is non-transferable, and exact content, timings, date and method of delivery will be determined in liaison with the winner by York Archaeology’s Interpretation and Learning team. The selection process will rest entirely with the representatives of York Archaeology: no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete evaluation of their visit and to sign a consent form for use by York Archaeology and Sheldon Memorial Trust of images of the visit (the usual exemptions will apply). 
  • In the case of the travel bursary, the successful applicant will be required to supply to York Archaeology proof of the travel expenditure. If the travel bursary of £300 is not solely spent on transport costs, the remaining amount will be put towards the cost of admission to York Archaeology’s attractions.

About the Sheldon Memorial Trust

The Sheldon Memorial Trust is a registered charity, established to perpetuate the memory of Oliver Sheldon, a Director of Rowntree and Company Limited who made an outstanding contribution to the art and culture of the North. The Charity’s objects are the promotion and encouragement of education in history and the arts primarily but not exclusively in so far as such subjects are associated with the City of York. You can learn more about the Trust at

If you have any questions about the bursary scheme or how to submit an application, please contact York Archaeology’s Interpretation and Learning team at [email protected].