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02 April 2020Salters' Hall

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Salters' Hall
Thursday 02 April 2020

The Salter’s Company

The Salters’ Company, originating from 1394, is one of the Great Twelve Livery Companies, ranked number nine in the order of precedence.

In medieval times The Salters’ Company members were salt traders, involved in the preparation of chemical mixtures for use in food. Nowadays they are involved in several charitable foundations, philanthropy and science education. The Company’s flagship charity, The Salters’ Institute, is one of the country’s leaders in the field of science curriculum development with the aim to promote the appreciation of chemistry and related sciences among the young.

The Salt Collection

Not only is Salters’ Hall a unique venue in London; it’s also home to a national collection of domestic saltcellars, and its pieces can be viewed by special arrangement. When hiring the Hall for your event, a part of the collection – saltcellars, portraits of past Masters and original documents – can be viewed in the Salt Lobby as well as throughout the Hall.

Salt has always been an important element of life and has served as currency at various times and places. Thus, saltcellars became a status symbol – those who could afford salt kept it in a container; at events, guests were seated above or below the salt according to their position in society.