Although established as a specialist craft guild, The Clothworkers' Company over time lost touch with its roots, as clothworking moved away from London.

In the twenty-first century, Britain's wealth is no longer founded on wool or manufacturing and indeed the textile industry is no longer a significant economic force.

Nevertheless, The Clothworkers' Company retains an involvement in the industry. We have a long-standing interest in fostering education, now supported through The Clothworkers' Foundation, which has also funded a number of appeals from heritage bodies seeking money for textile-related schemes.

Over the past decade we have sought to re-establish links with trade bodies, manufacturers and academics.

We are also interested in supporting the development of textiles in innovative ways, including funding research into the creation and application of new textiles for medical and industrial uses.