About Us

The Trades House of Glasgow was created at the time of reform of Glasgow's local government in 1605. At that time the electorate was basically divided into two groups, the Merchants and the Craftsmen. The Craft Incorporations was under the leadership of the Deacon Convener, who was given a council. This included the Craft leaders and is the body we now recognise as The Trades House.

The Trades House still meets in the Trades Hall in Glassford Street, which, apart from the mediaeval cathedral, is the oldest building in Glasgow still used for its original purpose.

Today we are a charity, supporting those in need throughout the West of Scotland by using the skills and commitment of our Craft bodies alongside the dynamic new partnerships continually being created.