Click here to see a video about the Salters’ Company/Salters’ Hall, produced in conjunction with Open House 2020.

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We are pleased to confirm that we have successfully applied for the We’re Good To Go Industry Standard and have got it!

We now have:

626 years ago, King Richard II granted the Salters’ Company its first licence to trade in salt. In these difficult times when we are not able to be together, the number 626 has provided the inspiration for the Salters’ 626 Challenge – raising much needed funds for Covid-19 relief of need: be apart, make a difference together.

Designed to be simple and fun, the challenge is to: Donate £6; Activity x2; Nominate 6.

Please visit the Salters’ 626 Challenge JustGiving page, where you can find more details, make your donation and share with your friends and family:

Covid-19 has had a major impact on already vulnerable people such as the elderly, those in poor health, the homeless, disadvantaged young people and deprived communities. At the same time, many charities have lost the invaluable income generated by large sporting events and sponsored activities.

The Salters’ 626 Challenge aims to raise funds for those affected by the ongoing impact of the pandemic whilst remaining socially distanced. Together we can make a huge difference to people in need and have lots of fun in the process!

Any questions can be directed to Kate Priest at as well as your photos, ideas and stories. Be apart, make a difference together.

From the Clerk:

It is with sadness that I have to tell you that Lord May of Oxford OM, Honorary Liveryman of the Salters’ Company (2002), passed away aged 84 on Tuesday 28 April 2020. He was president of the Royal Society from 2000 until 2005, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Government, held joint professorships in University of Oxford and Imperial College London and was also a crossbench member of the House of Lords from 2001 until his retirement in 2017.

He was an extremely well known and much loved figure who took part in Salters’ events with great enthusiasm, and our heartfelt condolences go to Lady Judith May and his daughter Naomi (also known as Nome) at this time.

I believe that his funeral will, under the circumstances, be private but I will of course let you know as and when a Memorial Service is to take place.


Tim Smith

(Click here for Lord May’s obituary in The Guardian).


Robert Armstrong, The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO, a member of the Salters’ Company, admitted to the Livery in 1983, passed away last Friday 3 April, aged 93.

One of our members, The Rt Hon The Lord Butler of Brockwell, KG GCB CVO, has written a fascinating tribute/obituary for him, which you can read if you click here.

Our hearts go out to his family at this time and more details of his funeral/memorial service will be given to you if/when we have them.

Tim Smith

The Festivals of Chemistry season is an exciting period for us at the Salters’ Institute and is one that we know is enjoyed by schools throughout the UK and Ireland, but the safety and well-being of all parties involved in these events is our primary concern. This, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding when students will be returning to school, has unfortunately left us with no other option but to put these events on hold for the time being.

Where possible, we are working with universities/colleges to identify a new date for their Festival of Chemistry. Where hosts can confirm new Festival dates, schools on our mailing list will be notified and invited to reapply.

If you have any questions, please contact and a member of the Institute Team will be able to help.



Kindly click here to find the most recent fact sheet pertaining to this fund.

As you know, HRH The Duke of Kent is one of our members, and in fact re-opened Salters’ Hall following its refurbishment on Election Day in June this year.

A new book has been published and the author, Celia Lee, has kindly donated all royalties to the Duke’s charities.  The Salters’ Charitable Foundation was one of the charities to benefit.

If you would like to purchase the book, it is available on Amazon:

HRH The Duke of Kent Book

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