First licensed in 1394, The Salters’ Company has its origins in the salt trade of medieval London. Ranked number nine in the order of precedence, it is one of the Great 12 Livery Companies and today The Salters’ Company is a diverse organisation responsible for several charitable foundations, important philanthropic work in science education and the fostering of fellowship among its members.

The role of Livery Companies

Livery Companies or Guilds have been part of the social and commercial fabric of Europe since medieval times. Originally founded to protect the interests of various trades and their practitioners, Livery Companies in the City of London now flourish as charitable patrons and guardians of history as well as performing an important role in the governance of the City.

What we do today

The Company’s activities today are centred on charitable work and science education activities. As well as underwriting The Salters’ Institute, its flagship charity dedicated to the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young, the Company makes annual donations to national charities and supports almshouse residents in Maidenhead and Watford.