In general membership of the Stationers' Company is open to those who are or have been actively engaged in the Communications and Content industries, either directly or as a supplier to those who work in these industries.
However membership can be extended to those, one of whose parents was a member of the Company at the time of their birth; to those who were students at the Stationers' School (Old Stationers); and to reward others who are deemed by the Master and Wardens to be worthy of membership.
Freemen fall into five categories.
- Those who are waiting to become Liverymen.
- Those who are starting their careers in the Communications and Content industries and are considering becoming Liverymen when they become eligible.
- Those who have served as Liverymen and now wish to reduce their commitment to the Company but remain in membership.
- Those who were students at the Stationers' School (Old Stationers).
- Those who have chosen not to go on to become Liverymen.
Liverymen are full members of the Company, entitled to attend all events, to serve on Company committees and to be elected to serve on the Court of Assistants.
- The criteria for Freemen joining the Livery are as follows.
- Those with Freedom of the City of London
- Those who have attended three Company events
- Those who are supporting the Stationers' Foundation
- A person who has, or has had, an established position, or is, or has been, an innovator and entrepreneur, in one of our industries
- A person who has, or has had, some standing in one of our industries
A small number of Old Stationers (up to a maximum of 15) are entitled to be Liverymen at the discretion of the Master and Wardens. Others deemed worthy by the Master and Wardens may be admitted to the Livery.
Joining the Stationers' Company
Those interested in applying for membership of the Company should contact Deborah Rea at email@example.com or click here to download a Membership Application Form. Once the completed form has been received an applicant will be invited to attend a briefing, usually given by the Clerk of the Company, to learn more about the Company and about what being a member might involve.
Applications are then considered by the Interview Panel. Successful applicants are then invited to attend a Freedom ceremony at which they become members of the Company.
Please click here to understand the value of membership.