The Worshipful Company of Woolmen is one of the oldest Livery Companies in the City of London, dating back to at least 1180.
Its major fundraising activity each year is the sheep drive across London Bridge and the associated wool fair at Monument. This year we were very fortunate and proud to have Mary Berry CBE as our celebrity freemen to open these events. The sheep drive raises money for the Lord Mayor's Appeal and the Woolmen's Charitable Trust. The objects of the Woolmen's Trust are to promote the wool industry and interest in wool, wool products, sheep farming, shearing, wool production and textiles and design; research into appropriate veterinary procedures and practices; education relevant to the wool industry; and to promote the City of London in general and the Livery movement in particular. About twenty students a year benefit from grants and awards from the Trust; and we support shearers at the major agricultural shows with medals and cash prizes.
Wool Innovation Prize The Worshipful Company of Woolmen and The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England are launching a prize in the UK for innovation in the use and application of wool. This is open to any individual who works with wool. The prize is supported by the Campaign for Wool ⦁ Awarded Annually ⦁ Application has to be innovative and commercially viable ⦁ apparel or non-apparel applications ⦁ £5000 prize