Individual Membership

individual membership

About individual membership

As a City of London livery company as well as a national charity, we are made up of members who are connected in some way with the furnishing industry, and bring a wealth of knowledge, experience and contacts they are keen to share. Some are still forging their careers, while others are building and running major enterprises.

How to join as a Freeman or Liveryman

The Furniture Makers’ Company is always keen to admit new members, men and women, as Freemen of the Company.

A Freeman, when invited to become a Liveryman, must be involved with the furnishing  industry in the United Kingdom. In practice, because the Freedom is the route to the Livery, this applies to Freemen too. The rule is very carefully worded. It allows, for example, overseas customers or suppliers active in the UK to join the Company as well as professors and lecturers researching or teaching any aspect of the industry.

We welcome interiors journalists and PR people – anyone whose work is or was furnishing related. Freemen may participate in all the activities of the Company. Only Liverymen can vote in Common Hall, to elect the Lord Mayor and the Sheriffs.

To be admitted as a Freeman

Any person can become a Freeman – to take up the Freedom of the Company – but they must be proposed by a person who has been a Liveryman for more than two years and who has known the applicant personally for at least four years.

To be admitted as a Liveryman

  • To become a Liveryman – take up the Livery – there are five requirements
  • The candidate must already be a Freeman
  • He or she must be actively engaged in or with the furnishing industry in the United
    Kingdom
  • He or she must have obtained the Freedom of the City of London
  • There must be a vacancy – the Livery is limited to 300 by the Court of Aldermen
  • The candidate must be invited by the Court to join the Livery

How to get involved

For more information about individual membership, contact Paddy Rafferty, membership manager, by emailing membership@furnituremakers.org.uk or by calling 020 7562 8529.