The Worshipful Company of Curriers is one of the 110 Livery Companies of the City of London. These companies all started as Craft Guilds, originally for social, welfare and religious purposes with their members. However, this role soon expanded to include training, standards, practices, qualifications and promotion of their trades.
The Curriers hold the number 29 position in the order of seniority of City of London Livery Companies.
Today, the Company is no longer a craft guild supervising and regulating a specific business activity, but has developed in to a modern fellowship supporting the UK’s leather industry by every practical means, from bursaries and scholarships to promoting excellence in design, fashion and production. The Company continues to support the Mayoralty and the work of the City of London Corporation. It also supports education and charity in the London area.
The majority of the leather worked in the UK today is dressed and prepared overseas. However, modern-day currying continues to a limited extent in a number of centres of expertise around the country, particularly in the Midlands and Northamptonshire.
This site contains information about the history of the Currier’s craft and the organisation and the current work of the Curriers’ Company.