In partnership with Village by Village
The Plumbers’ Company Museum and Lead Craft Facility is situated in the the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre, Near Arundel in West Sussex. Plumbing is often thought of in terms of pipe work for drinking or waste water but historically is the craft of working with lead. The term dates from ancient times and is related to the Latin word for lead, "plumbum".
We have regular live demonstrations of lead craft demonstrating how in skilled hands lead can be shaped and moulded into many shapes and forms. Plumbing was essential when we were founded in 1365 and continues as a living craft today.
A video of the work at the previous Plumbing Museum at Singleton can be seen by clicking here, Much of this work continues at Amberley.
Click here for information about Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre.
The Plumbers, and Tinsmiths' Shop at Blist Hill forms part of the Ironbridge Industrial Museum complex. It was largely created by the Institute of Plumbing with their Past President and Liveryman Raymond Hall and with financial support from the Worshipful Company of Plumbers. It is manned by volunteer plumbers who are in period costume. More assistance and items for exhibition would be welcomed.
Plumbing can save lives.
A new and exciting Company project that has been approved by Court and supported financially by the Trustees is a partnership for three years with the charity Village by Village. Village by Village goal is to reduce the needless suffering and deaths of children living in poverty in remote rural African villages. Using the best of the “low or no cost” web based technologies they bring donors and recipients closer together to generate better mutual transparency, understanding and therefore trust. Not only are drinking water and sewage facilities built but also essential training on the maintenance of the facilities and on basic hygiene is provided. The Plumbers’ are proud to partake in this exciting and worthwhile work
For a donation of just £5,000 a year the Worshipful Company of Plumbers will sponsor a village-based project, extending this life-saving programme to another 200 or 300 children and their families.
The hygiene and sanitation focus of this programme makes it a brilliant ‘fit’ for our Company and Charity. ‘Plumbers saving lives through improved sanitation’: what could be a more compelling charitable legacy for our 650th year?
Read the paper presented by the Master to the July Court by clicking here.
In 2013, the Trustees supported the Rotary Club of Great Yarmouth Haven in their project with the RC of Panaji , in building a new toilet block at Our Lady of Merces High School in Goa.
The WHO We estimate that more than 340,000 children under five die annually from diarrhoeal diseases due to poor sanitation, poor hygiene, or unsafe drinking water – that is almost 1,000 per day.
Who else has recently received support
More House School. Plumbing Scholarship
RN, Army and RAF Top Apprentices Awards
Gold Medal and Other Potential Annual Awards for Plumbing Trainees and Colleges including the Wilkinson Shield
St Paul’s Cathedral School Chorister Fund.
Richmond Sea Cadet Unit.
Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Student Grant support
Chingford CofE Primary School, East London. Funding for 2 computers
Providence Row. Support to Homeless and Vulnerable People in East London.
S Pinter Youth Trust. North London based charity providing After School Club and annual holidays for deprived, disabled and challenged children.
Islington Boat Club Grassroots Educational Programme. Outdoor multi-sports activity programme for children from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds. Donation to support programme.
Spires Day Centre for rough sleepers in Streatham, London. Donation to support costs.
Forest YMCA. Hostel for young homeless in East London. Donation to help set up learning and support zone eg language, literacy, maths and IT workshops, employment skills training, relationship training
Apollo Music Trust - Columbia School, Bethnal Green.
At the last meeting of the Trustees the following grants were agreed.
Spitalfields Crypt Trust £500, St Andrew’s Club £500. Aiming High London £500, St Mary Le Bow Young Homeless Charity £500, Guildhall School of Music £1000
The Clerk to the Trustees will write a follow up letter to all recipients in 6 months to ascertain for the Trustees how the donation had been utilised.
More about our Charity
The Trustees are all Court members and one trustee retires each year and a new trustee is appointed. Together they bring a wide experience of the trade and the City. The present Trustees are Past Master Yuill (Chairman), Past Masters Hamilton & Paterson-Fox, Assistant Brooks & Rivers, Past Steward Cooper, Liveryman James Dalton.