Helen Hamlyn Trust

Helen Hamlyn Trust

The Helen Hamlyn Trust is an independent grant-making Trust. Its focus is on the initiation of medium- and long-term projects linked to the shared interests of Lady Hamlyn and her late husband Lord Hamlyn. The Trust’s core ethos is to develop innovative projects, which aim to effect lasting change, improve quality of life and create opportunity for the benefit of the public.

PHF has made a number of grants to support the Trust’s work. The Trust’s activities fall within the mission and broad objectives of the Foundation.

The Trust’s grant-making is in the fields of medicine, arts and culture, education and welfare, healthy ageing, international humanitarian affairs and heritage and conservation in India. Small grants are made to local and regional charities up to £10,000. The Trust develops lasting relationships with leading organisations and individuals to enable new areas of work by creating connections between organisations, and introducing new ideas.

Amongst other projects, the Trust is currently working with and supporting:

  • Imperial College, London – The Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery & The Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery
  • The University of Oxford – Bodleian Libraries supporting the Helen Hamlyn Trust Treasury in the Weston Library.
  • The Open Futures Trust (openfutures.com). Open Futures is an enquiry- and skills-based learning strategy for schools. The programme integrates inspiring, practical and relevant experiences into the heart of the school curriculum. Throughout our school network we have seen improved attainment, behaviour, attendance and physical and emotional well-being.
  • The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the Royal college of Art, (now enshrined within the RCA’s constitution in perpetuity).
  • Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design at the RCA.
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital – research into Optic Nerve Repair and Regeneration to Restore Sight.
  • London Symphony Orchestra – the LSO/Panufnik Composition Scheme
  • Royal Opera House – the Paul Hamlyn Christmas Family Treat welcoming new audiences.
  • Setubal Music Festival, Portugal a partnership with the Municipality of Setubal, bringing together young people from different ethnic communities through a music development programme.
  • INTACH – the Reuse of Reis Magos Fort, Goa
  • Cultural Development at Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan


For further information, please contact:

The Helen Hamlyn Trust
129 Old Church Street