Membership is open to everyone of any nationality with an interest in stained glass. There are two classes of membership: Freeman and Liveryman. New members join as Freemen and may after a time apply to become Liverymen. Following the easing of COVID restrictions admissions will now normally be conducted at the Hall rather than virtually. Anyone for whom this would cause difficulties (for example those resident overseas) should contact the Clerk.
Download an application form here. It asks applicants to name two existing members of the Company to sponsor their application, one of whom must be a member of the Governing body, the Court. Applicants who do not know a member of the Company should not let this deter them from applying. The Company can arrange introductions.
Benefits of Membership
- A flourishing social programme of visits both overseas and in the UK
- The opportunity to help the Company to develop through serving on its Committees and the Court
- The opportunity to play a part in the life of the City of London by becoming a Freeman of the City, and participating in the election of the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.
- An opportunity to deepen and develop your knowledge and appreciation of stained glass in the company of fellow lovers of this unique art form.
There is a joining fee of £270 and an annual subscription of £444, but there are reductions and phased payment arrangements in certain cases:
- For those whose livelihood comes from decorative and architectural glass (e.g. glass artists, conservators, curators) the joining fee is WAIVED and the annual subscription is REDUCED BY 50%.
- Those over 75 can request a 50% reduction in the annual fee.
- Those living overseas benefit from a 50% reduction in the annual fee.
- Those aged 40 or under also benefit from a 50% reduction in the annual fee and may spread the initial joining fee over the first two years of membership.