The Armourers & Brasiers' Company is now one of the leading charities in the UK supporting metallurgy and materials science, the modern discipline most closely aligned with the Company's ancient trade of working with metal. Grants are made from the Armourers & Brasiers' Gauntlet Trust, on the advice of the Company's Materials Science Committee.

Encouraging an interest in basic science
The Company gives financial support to schools to nurture achievement, enthusiasm and interest in science among primary and secondary schools students.  More information about our grants for science equipment and projects in primary and secondary schools is given below:
We also work with partners to enhance the resources available to teachers to deliver the schools science curriculum.  At the Royal Armouries' Fort Nelson at Portsdown Hill near Portsmouth, workshops for students in KS1, KS2 and KS3 combine the Armourers and Brasiers' historic interest in armour and weaponry with the modern disciplines of materials science and scientific inquiry.

Materials Science Scholarship winners.

Introducing materials science to teachers and pupils
The Company supports the development of materials elements in schools' science curricula so that as students progress they gain in knowledge and awareness of materials science as an academic discipline for further study, and as a career path in industry. 
This is achieved by working in partnership with universities, scientific institutions and industrial partners - AWE, Rolls Royce and Tata Steel - to:
  • provide the Armourers & Brasiers Tata 6th Form Materials Prize - a materials-focused enrichment activity for year 12 students with substantial cash prizes
  • establish links between sixth-forms and university materials science departments to draw more students into the discipline.
  • provide Apprenticeship Awards Schemes
  • support summer schools on the 'Science of Materials' for chemistry teachers
  • support 'Master Classes': residential courses on academic and industrial aspects of materials for science and technology teachers
  • make available Industrial experience for science teachers
  • sponors a materials science component in Salters' Chemistry Camps for 15 year-olds
  • support the Sixth-Form Link Scheme for school student work experience at Tata plants

We work with the leading scientific institutions to ensure that support for materials science components of the school science curriculum is readily available to teachers and students.
For full details of resources currently available, including links to our institutional partners please refer to Teaching Resources.