The Inches Carr Trust is a charitable foundation registered in Scotland
(Registered charity no. SCO 24633)
It provides financial support in the fields of:
- Young musicians, particularly on piano and organ
- Contemporary craft work in Scotland
- Late 19th century and early 20th century Art, particularly the Arts and Crafts Movement
History of the Inches Carr Trust
The Inches Carr Trust was formed in 1995 following the deaths of Deirdre Inches and her husband Malcolm Carr. Malcolm Carr died in 1994 at the age of 49 and Deirdre Inches was aged 40 when she died in 1995. They had no children.
Deirdre was the only child of Ian and Betty Inches who ran the old established Edinburgh firm of Hamilton & Inches, silversmiths and jewellers. Deirdre met Malcolm when she was in London undertaking her training in the jewellery business. The plan was that she would return to join her parents in running the family business. In the event she returned with a husband, he left the London firm where he was a Director and they both became Directors of Hamilton & Inches.
Malcolm Carr was an expert in antique jewellery and particularly cameos. Deirdre was interested in design and especially in design of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was during this period that Hamilton & Inches had made a number of particularly interesting pieces of silver, some of which are in the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. She was also a pianist.
Following their deaths, arrangements were made for the Inches Carr Trust to be created to commemorate Deirdre Inches and Malcolm Carr. Its objectives are centred on the aspects of the decorative arts and music in which they were interested.