The Worshipful
Company of Basketmakers

Let Us Love One Another


News from your Clerk 
Over the last couple of years, we have missed out on our Summer Event. This year tied in perfectly to allow us to honour our incredible Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

On Wednesday, 8th June 2022 we held a Jubilee Summer Lunch for all members and their guests to celebrate 70 years of the second Elizabethan era.

Our guest speaker was Ms Mei Sim Lai OBE DL who was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London in May 2006. Ms Lai captivated us with a fascinating talk in which she spoke about the three people she admired the most... Her mother, Anita Roddik and, of course, our Queen!

The event was held in the beautiful Ironmongers' Hall.  The dress code was "Jubilee" so there was lots of red, white and blue.

A very big thank you to all who made it happen. 

​​​​​​​With best wishes,

Richard Turner
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.

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