The Company - Charity

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers

One of the original purposes of The Worshipful Company of Pewterers was for mutual help and charitable work; today the Company awards educational grants and supports a range of charitable causes through three Charitable Trusts: The 500th Anniversary Trust, The Seahorse Trust and The Pewter Industry Charity.


500th Anniversary Trust


Our major financial commitment is through The 500th Anniversary Trust, which supports a Research Fellow at the Institute of Neurology working on brain disorders, specifically their relationship with heavy metals.


The Institute of Neurology has appointed Dr Ivan Pavlov to be the tenth Pewterers' Fellow, in succession to Dr Stephanie Schorge. Dr Pavlov has just completed a fellowship funded by Epilepsy Research UK, and has a strong track record of publishing at the forefront of Epilepsy research. Dr Pavlov is originally from Russia, but has spent many years in London and now holds dual nationality.

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers 500th Anniversary Trust is a  registered charity in England and Wales: 267420


The Seahorse Trust


The Seahorse Trust The Seahorse Trust is the Company’s principal grant-giving charity, donating almost £80,000 a year. In a new initiative the trustees are focusing the Trust’s giving into three distinct sectors:


Theme 1 The Pewterers’ Community (The City and the Company) including the pewter industry, pewter heritage, the City of London and the Armed Forces units we support. This will include one-off discretionary grants particularly from applicants connected with the Company for the relief of poverty or need, the Church, arts and science, health or the environment.

Theme 2 Education: The Company makes its charitable support for education both practical and financial. It was one of the original founders of City and Guilds and continues to give support and provide a member of Council. It also provides a Court member for City University. We also give bursaries for students in need at Dulwich College, City of London School and City of London School for Girls. As a strong supporter of Livery Schools Link, we are both financially and actively involved with a primary school in Islington and provide volunteers for special educational projects in needy schools in the boroughs surrounding the City.

Theme 3 The Seahorse’s largest single donation in the year which usually consists of a multi-year financial support programme to a specified charity, often related to a specific project. The trustees have set various parameters to focus their selection and aim to support a charity which can build up a relationship with the Company over a three year period of funding. The Company is currently We invite members of the Company to propose charities and projects worthy of consideration under Theme 3. We will also be seeking applications from other sources, including directly from charities. The Company is currently supporting the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) which funds the education of talented craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-on-one training with masters.  The charitable arm of the Royal Warrant Holders Association, QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Since 1990 the Trust has awarded over £3 million to over 400 craftspeople aged between 17 and 58 for study, training and work experience. 

The Pewterers Seahorse Charitable Trust is a  registered charity in England and Wales: 261889

Applications for grants (The Seahorse Trust):

The application form can be downloaded Themes 1 & 2 Grant Application Form (word)    Themes 1 & 2 Grant Application Form (pdf)  

and should be sent/emailed to: Eleanor Mason Brown.


Charity Applications: The Worshipful Company of Pewterers Pewterers’ Hall Oat Lane London EC2V 7DE Alternatively call 020 7397 8194 to be sent a form.

Applications are considered and grants made in April. Applications should be submitted by the last working day of March. Please note: The Trustees prefer to channel support to a charity in which a member of the Company has an active personal interest. As the funds at our disposal are modest, the Trustees encourage applications from charities where our contribution will make a difference.

The Pewter Industry Charity: This charity funds a variety of small projects of practical value to student and young working pewterers. The Pewter Industry Charity: Letters of application should be sent to: The Chairman Pewter Industry Charity Pewterers’ Hall Oat Lane London EC2V 7DE

The Pewterers Industry Charity is a  registered charity in England and Wales: 1087712 .