The Trades House of Glasgow

Established in 1605 and now a registered charity the Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts have helped shape Glasgow into the city it is today.

The Trades House manages funds in excess of £18 million and donations of more than £750,000 are awarded annually to deserving causes and individuals across the West of Scotland.  

The House and its Crafts play a major role in training, education, trade and industry through a variety of initiatives.

The Trades House of Glasgow is based within the Trades Hall in Glasgow's Merchant City.

Scottish Charity no: SCO 40548.

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Education and Craft Skills

Assisting schools, colleges and further education through various competitions including School Craft and School Citizenship, Modern Apprentice Awards as well as a four day Craftex exhibition at Trades Hall.
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Annual Projects

Each year, the Deacon Convener in office nominates a charity or project to benefit from fundraisers promoted by the House. In 2018 funds will be raised for the Kinship Care Initiative, with the main fundraising event being the Midsummer Ball on 23rd June 2018
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Financial Assistance

Helping the needy in and around the City of Glasgow via The Drapers Fund and The Commonweal Fund as well as visiting, providing assistance directly and arranging social events for beneficiaries throughout the year.


The history of the Trades House spans over 4 centuries and can be found on the walls and throughout the Trades Hall of Glasgow in Glassford Street, which, apart from the mediaeval cathedral, is the oldest building in Glasgow still used for its original purpose. Visit the virtual museum for more details.