The Convenery represents the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh, and has done so since about the year 1562. It comprises the Deacons of each of the Crafts, currently numbering fourteen. The Deacons act, in effect, as a sort of Grand Committee of all the Incorporated Trades. It is concerned with the past, present and future of the trades and crafts of Edinburgh and throughout Scotland. It seeks to promote the passing on of skills, knowledge and experience by apprenticeships, training courses and other means.
The EDINBURGH TRADES MAIDEN FUND
The Trades Maiden Fund is a Charity (Scottish Charity number SC010288) administered by a board of Governors. The Governors consist of the Deacons of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh and also some elected additional Governors. Founded in 1704 as the Trades Maiden Hospital, it assists girls who need funding to allow them to complete their education. In addition, it is especially mindful of children who have learning difficulties or who have family problems at home, or any other special circumstances.
We had a very successful Doors Open day on Sunday 23rd September 2012, during which 560 people came to visit us at Ashfield and a good time was had by all.
If you would like to visit us at Ashfield, 61 Melville St., EDINBURGH, EH3 7HL, please click on "CONTACT US" and e-mail your request to Ian Robertson, the Convenery's Officer.
We will do our best to answer all questions about the Convenery of the Trades of Edinburgh and the Trades Maiden Fund.
An illustrated Catalogue of the Ashfield Collection is available at £12; postage is free if you order on-line.