The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

Let Us Love One Another


Autumn news from your Clerk

I do hope you and yours are well.

Over the past months it has been gratifying to see how our fellowship and friendships hold fast, even in the most difficult times.

With dinners and events pencilled out of our diary, it has been more important than ever to keep in touch with all our members - on the phone and through our newsletters, which I hope you are enjoying. We had our first-ever virtual Livery Banquet on 17th September.  We were honoured to have the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayress join us for drinks before dinner.  It was a very successful evening and it looks like virtual gatherings are the way forward for the forseeable future. More news on more Zoom events soon.

The Installation of our new Prime Warden and Upper and Under Warden is taking place part at a Synagogue Service and part via Zoom on 14th October.  It should be a very special and memorable occassion particularly in these different times. Please do join us via the link sent out recently.

Our Basketmakers’ Charitable Trust has been helping those most affected by the pandemic. The Trust  launched a bursary scheme for our Yeomen members and assisted other basketmaking professionals hit by the crisis, as well as helping those in the wider community who have suffered severe hardship. 

I would like to thank you most sincerely for your steadfast support and messages of goodwill, and look forward to meeting again in person.

Take care, and please keep in touch – we always love to hear from you.

With best wishes,

Sarah Sinclair  
Clerk to the Basketmakers' Company

  Who We Are​​​​​​

450th Anniversary of The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers

In 2019 the Company celebrated the
​​​​​​​450th anniversary of it's formation in 1569

Basketry is a very ancient craft, one of the first crafts adopted by humans. The oldest known baskets so far discovered were found at Fayum in Egypt and have been carbon dated to around 10,000BC. We can not claim quite such a long history but The Worshipful Company of Basketmakers was formally constituted by the Court of Aldermen in 1569 to help support the trade.

Today, the company aspires to be an inclusive, friendly and diverse Livery which remains modern and relevant by effectively supporting our ancient craft, London charities and the historic traditions of the City of London.

For centuries, our members were all professional basketmakers and we regulated their trade in the City. Today we welcome people from all walks of life.
​​​​​​​We continue to promote the craft of basketmaking and through our Charitable Trust we also help good causes and communities across London. 
​​​​​​​We have earned a reputation as one of the friendliest Livery Companies, and our social programme extends from formal dinners to family days out, including our well-known basketmaking days.

Please contact our Clerk for further information or visit our Membership page.