The earliest recorded date in the history of the Armourers & Brasiers' Company is January 1322 when the Guild of St George of the Armourers was instituted, by ordinance of the City of London.
During 2022 and in the preceding months we will celebrate our 700th Anniversary with a programme of events and projects to mark this significant moment in our history.
Armourer & Brasiers' Chair in Materials Science
Our principal legacy project is the endowment in perpetuity of the Armourers & Brasiers' Chair in Materials Science at Imperial College London. The endowment represents the largest gift ever made by the Armourers & Brasiers.
Although we are no longer active in manufacturing in metals and materials, our primary charitable purpose in modern times has been to support education and research in Materials Science. Our relationship with Imperial College London is of longstanding. The Company was a founder of the City & Guilds College in 1876 which evolved into Imperial College. Each year we provide substantial support to the Department of Materials to enrich the experience of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The first postholder of the Armourers & Brasiers' Chair will be appointed in early 2021 in time for an inaugural lecture as part of our A&B 700 celebrations in 2022.
The Deed of Gift was finalised during the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic therefore a formal signing ceremony was held online rather than at Armourers' Hall as originally planned. You can watch a short film of the event here.
"We wish the Department of Materials at Imperial College every success in empowering progress in Materials Science for societal benefit in the coming years."Professor Bill Bonfield, Chairman, A&B Materials Science Committee
"This gift will be transformative, enabling us to compete at the very highest international level and to target emerging new areas of Materials Science."Professor Peter Haynes, Head of Department of Materials, Imperial College London