The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers

Supporting better vision for all, since 1629



We are the only City of London Livery company dedicated to eye health.

We are the oldest existing optical body in the world.

Founded in 1629, our purpose is the same now as it was then. We support better vision for all.

In the 21st Century we believe that nobody should be held back because of impaired vision.

Rooted in tradition, we bring the best of our experience to bear on very modern professions.  We seek to inspire future generations committed to visionary eye care, building on our rich heritage of almost 400 years.

We’re interested in everything that can be done to prevent unnecessary sight loss, increase access to work and leisure for people with partial or full sight loss and enhance active living.

You don’t have to make spectacles or work in eye health to join our Company. Our members come from a wide range of professions. Their reach spreads far out from the City of London, right across the world.

Find out more – even better, come and join us!


CURRENT MEMBERS: For all the latest news, please log in to the Members’ Area.  

In 2020, the then Guild of Human Resource Professionals helped our Court to develop a new Code of Conduct. It supports our 4 core values: Integrity, Inclusivity, Impartiality & Improved Vision for All.  In 2022,  we were delighted to see the Guild become the Company of Human Resource Professionals.

We acknowledge with thanks the valuable support provided to our Company by members of The Worshipful Company of Marketors.



Contact us by calling +44 (0) 20 7236 2932.