Find out about the Shipwrights Livery Company's admission process
Membership of the Shipwrights' Company may be held in two grades - Freeman and Liveryman. Men and women may become Freemen in one of three ways:
- by right of Patrimony. In order to claim this right, you must have been born when one of your parents was already a Freeman of the Company
- by Servitude, following a full apprenticeship to a member. This way has for practical purposes almost ceased to exist.
- by Redemption, which requires an application supported by two members of the Court and two Liverymen. This has become by far the most common way.
The Freedom is for life - "shall be and continue a Freeman until he happen to die". Freemen intending to become Liverymen must fulfil two conditions:
- become a Freeman of the City of London
- have a close involvement in maritime affairs
Both Freemen and Liverymen pay a "fine" on admission. Liverymen pay Annual Fines of Quarterage ("club subscription") and Tallage ("dining subscription"). There is a scheme whereby a proportion of Quarterage may be donated to the Company's charitable funds under Gift Aid.
The Company's administrative and financial year runs from 1st May to the following 30th April.