The Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London received its Charter in 1664. Initially founded to regulate the Glass Selling and Pot-Making industries within the City of London.
Glass is possibly the most malleable of substances; it can be fashioned into shapes and used for more purposes than just about any other material.
Our purpose is to support the wider glass industry and the City, Education as well as the less privileged in and around the City of London.
Our members include a diversity of people from many backgrounds those working with glass in some format or having an interest in glass as a collector.
Our role today
The role of the Livery Company today is to:
- Maintain cordial relationships within the Company, the City and the wider Glass industry.
- Stimulate interest in Glass in all its aspects.
- Carry out charitable works, with special emphasis on education.
- Maintain the Company’s traditions, values and customs.
- Provide pastoral care for members.
- Support the Lord Mayor & the City of London Corporation.
Our site contains a wealth of interesting information about our Livery Company, its history, traditions and about glass; one of the most versatile and useful materials ever discovered by mankind. A versatility that continues to this day. This website will almost certainly have passed along fibre optic cables on their way to your computer. If on a handheld device it is very likely that its screen is made of glass –indispensable uses for glass in the modern world.
What our members say
As the Chief Executive of the UK’s Glass Trade Federation, I’d been aware of, but not involved in the Glass Sellers for a number of years, but hadn’t taken the time to understand what it did and how I might benefit from membership. It wasn’t until friends and colleagues who had been members for many years suggested that I looked more closely that I realised that there was much more to it than I’d assumed. As someone representing an industry sector I need to develop relationships to assist my political leverage on behalf of my members. Friends told me that the Glass Sellers had substantial connection within the City and across the political spectrum and so I joined to build up my contacts.Dave Dalton, CEO British Glass, Liveryman
I have been fascinated by the City and its heritage and was honoured to be invited to join the Glass Sellers’ Company. I work in the Telecoms, Media and Technology sector which is heavily reliant on glass. Through the Glass Sellers’ Company I have had the opportunity to learn about the numerous uses of glass in art, medicine, technology and many other fields. I enjoy the fellowship and opportunities to meet and connect with men and women from varied professional backgrounds. I love the tradition and grandeur of our events.Maria Chanmugam MCIPR, Director Clevercoms, Prime Warden