A Treasure Trove of Historical Records

Our website serves as a capsule where one can journey through time, delving into the vast collection of historical records related to our distinguished livery company. These records chronicle its rich legacy, unique customs, and deep-rooted history, providing an intriguing exploration for the curious mind.

Of significant prominence is the inclusion of glass – a material of infinite versatility and unparalleled utility, as evidenced by its discovery and consistent use throughout human history. This enduring adaptability is a testament to its importance that pervades even in the contemporary world.

In a manifestation of technological advancement, the content on these pages has likely traversed through fibre optic cables to reach your computer, showcasing the pragmatic uses of glass in the digital age. Similarly, if you are accessing this site via a handheld device, the high chances are that it features a glass screen – an indispensable application of this timeless material in this modern era.

The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London: A Historical Overview

A Charter Established by King Charles II

Back in 1664, King Charles II granted a charter to The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London. Similar to the guilds of medieval times, this Livery Company played a significant role in the City of London.

Regulating Trade and Ensuring Quality in the Glass Industry

The primary goal of the Glass Sellers Company was to oversee the trade within London, particularly for items made of glass. By regulating the industry, the Livery ensured that the quality of glass products was maintained, and fair trade practices were followed by all participants in the market.

The Apprenticeship System and Accountability

To make sure that glass traders were well-versed in the industry’s best practices, they were first apprenticed to a master who was already a member of the Glass Sellers Company. This way, aspiring traders could learn from experienced professionals before venturing into the trade themselves.

The master, in turn, was held accountable to the Livery’s court and officers and, ultimately, to The Master of the Company. This system of responsibility helped maintain the Livery’s purpose of regulating trade and ensuring product quality within the glass industry.

Embracing Tradition and Modernity

Unbroken Link with the Past

Today, the principles of integrity, generosity, and fellowship that guided the company in its early days still create a connection to the past. Though times have changed, the values and traditions that set the foundation for the Livery continue to be relevant and revered.

Inclusivity in the Contemporary Glass Industry

Members of the Livery now represent a diverse range of interests within the modern glass industry. This inclusivity not only maintains the company’s significance, but also ensures that a wide variety of perspectives and expertise contribute to its growth and continued prominence in the world of glass.

Promoting Glass in Arts, Crafts, Science, and Technology

Committed to encouraging the use of glass across various disciplines, the company actively supports educational and training initiatives in arts, crafts, science, and technology. This dedication to promoting glass has persisted throughout its history and remains a key part of its mission today.

Membership: A Mix of Industry Insiders and Enthusiasts

With around 200 men and women members, the Livery is thriving, with many participants having strong ties to the wider glass industries. However, membership is not limited to those directly involved in the glass industry; the Livery is open to people with an interest in glass, regardless of their professional background. This diverse membership strengthens the company’s network while reinforcing its value as a hub of knowledge, expertise, and passion for all things glass.