The origin of the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers goes back to the seventeenth century. However today our Industry is largely represented by The Forge Mill Museum in Redditch which was operationally a Scouring Mill. This historic water mill was an important feature of the home of the needlemaking industry for many years. At one stage 90% of the worlds needles were made in the Redditch area but the water mill is now a splendid museum supported by our company.
In recent years our Charity and Industry Committees have worked tirelessly to ensure that our support is targeted where possible towards our ancient objectives by grants to The Royal College of Surgeons, The Royal College of Nursing Foundation and The Royal School of Needlework. Our educational grant giving has also been extended recently to support for sixth form students with engineering scholarships provided through the Arkwright Trust.
Whilst charitable work is our foundation we are a very hospitable group of individuals supporting The City of London Corporation and The Lord Mayor’s Charity. Any likeminded individual may apply to become a Liverymen through the process outlined on this website.