First licensed in 1394, The Salters’ Company has its origins in the salt trade of medieval London. Ranked number nine in the order of precedence, it is one of the Great 12 Livery Companies and today The Salters’ Company is a diverse organisation responsible for several charitable foundations, important philanthropic work in science education and the fostering of fellowship among its members.
The role of Livery Companies
Livery Companies or Guilds have been part of the social and commercial fabric of Europe since medieval times. Originally founded to protect the interests of various trades and their practitioners, Livery Companies in the City of London now flourish as charitable patrons and guardians of history as well as performing an important role in the governance of the City.
What we do today
The Company’s activities today are centred on science education, civic life, fellowship and charitable giving. The Company's flagship charity, The Salters’ Institute, plays a major role in the support of chemistry teaching, the encouragement of young people to pursue careers in the chemical industries, and the promotion of chemistry education. The Salters' Charitable Foundation supports educational bursaries, City institutions, affilitated cadets and military units and community organisations working with people in need. The Company also provides heritage activities, supports two almshouses and participates in City life.