The Spectacle Makers' Society provides opportunities for Freemen and Liverymen to meet in an informal setting, with social events, weekend trips and a wide range of non-optical themed events.
All Freemen and Liverymen are automatically members of The Spectacle Makers’ Society.
Events are advertised in advance by email, on the website and in the Company journal “From the Master and Wardens”, each event being the responsibility of one or more members of the Society Committee. A typical Society turnout would be around 40 people. Events are not usually restricted to Freemen and Liverymen; friends, family members and guests are made very welcome.
Where possible, events are held in different parts of the country. The intention is that there might be something to suit different ages and interests. Suggestions are always welcome.
The Master’s Weekend forms part of the Society calendar. The weekend is based in a different location each year, as chosen by the current Master and participation in any of the organised events is entirely voluntary so Freemen and Liverymen can drop in if they are local, or choose to stay nearby and enjoy the chance to explore a new area of the country and visit places which may not normally be open to the public.
The President of the Society is the current Master. The Society Chairman is Sheila Hope. The Committee is made up of 10-12 Freemen and Liverymen.
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Click here for reports on recent Society events
Click here for information on the History of the Spectacle Makers’ Society