The Salters’ Institute would like to thank the following sponsors.

Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851

The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 was established in 1850 by Her Majesty Queen Victoria to organise the first world trade fair: The Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. It was an enormous success, attracting more than 6 million visitors and made a substantial profit. When the Exhibition closed in October 1851, the Royal Commission was then established as a permanent body to spend the profits in realising Prince Albert’s ambition to “increase the means of industrial education and extend the influence of science and art upon productive industry”.

The Commissioners purchased and created upon their Estate in South Kensington an educational centre of world renown. They have also established schemes of fellowships and scholarships for advanced study and research in science, engineering, the built environment and in art and have promoted other educational ventures of national value under the terms of the Charter.

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The Armourers and Brasiers’ Company

The Company originated as a guild of armourers in the City of London in 1322 and has occupied the same site since 1346. The present Company was formed in 1708 by incorporating the Brasiers who were workers in brass and copper.

Early objectives of the Company were preserving a monopoly in making armour in London, and maintaining its quality by inspection and hallmarking. Continuing excellence in craftsmanship was ensured by a rigorous apprenticeship system. A young person entering the trade would be bound to a master for seven years after which, on production of a satisfactory ‘master-piece’, he could become a Freeman of the Company. Later he could seek election as a full member or Liveryman (i.e. with the right to wear the distinctive clothing or ‘livery’ of the Company).

In recent years the Armourers & Brasiers have carried forward their ancient traditions of metalworking and technological education by concentrating their charitable giving on the support of individuals and educational projects in materials science. In particular the Company seeks to encourage young people to see the excitement of materials science as a choice for university and career, to the ultimate benefit of British industry.

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The Company of the Merchant Adventurers of the City of York

The Company has been in continuous existence since 1357 and looks forward to celebrating its 650th Birthday on 20th March 2007.

Originally a religious fraternity, it comprised of many influential men and women from the outset. For many years it dominated trade within York and controlled a growing trade with the Continent of Europe. It was given its present name under the Royal Charter granted by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1581.

Today the Company remains an influential body within the City, it is the sole Trustee of two registered charities and it runs its ancient Hall as a Registered Museum. At present it is seeking to increase its charitable works within the general field of education.

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The Royal Society of Chemistry

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is the Professional Body for chemists and the Learned Society for chemistry. It is one of the most prominent and influential independent scientific organisations in Britain.

Through its 46,000 members, including academics, teachers and industrialists, the RSC promotes the interests of chemists and the benefits of chemical science. Together with The Salters’ Institute, they have been a major contributer to the Salters’ Festivals of Chemistry since 2005 and have underwritten the Salters’ Chemistry Camps since 1998.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has been pleased to support the Chemistry Camps since their inception and firmly believe that they are a valuable way of showing young people how interesting chemistry can be.

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