The Trades House of Glasgow

The Trades House of Glasgow was established in 1605 and is now a registered charity. 

The House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts have helped shape Glasgow into the city it is today and has made its mark by playing a pivotal and progressive role in training and fostering trade and industry through a wide variety of initiatives including Craftex, the School Craft Awards, Modern Apprentice of the Year Award and School Citizenship Award.

Benevolence has also been at its very foundation. It is now a registered charity widely viewed as a centre of excellence in the administration of trusts and legacies, managing funds in excess of £18 million. Donations of more than £600,000 are awarded each year to deserving causes and individuals across the city of Glasgow and considerable resources are also devoted to general benevolent work.

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

Registered Charity No. SCO 40548



Education and Craft Skills
Assisting schools, colleges and further education through various competitions including School Craft and School Citizenship, Modern Apprentice of the Year Award as well as a four day Craftex exhibition at Trades Hall.


Special Projects
Each year, the Deacon Convener in office nominates a specific charity or organisation to benefit from the many fundraising events promoted by the House; with a main fundraiser being held in May. This year the nominated charity is Sense Scotland. For more information on the 2015 fundraising event, click here.



Social Work
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.