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 SC 010288) 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 by the craftsmen of Edinburgh and Mary Erskine,, 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.
ASHFIELD, 61 Melville St., EDINBURGH, EH3 7HL
There is to be a special EXHIBITION at Ashfield from 12th to 31st August 2013, entitled FLODDEN AND THE BLUE BLANKET. It looks at the layers of Myth and History surrounding the Blue Blanket (the Craftsmen's Banner) and its use at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago this year. There is also a section on the aftermath of the battle and its effects upon Edinburgh. Entrance is free and an illustrated catalogue of the exhibition (£5) will be available at the door.
At our 2012 Exhibition, more than 1,100 people visited us during the month of August. We also had a very successful Doors Open day on Sunday 23rd September 2012, during which 560 people came to see 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 £10; postage is free if you order on-line.
FORTHCOMING PUBLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER OF 2013 INCLUDE:
Flodden and the Blue Blanket: A Catalogue of the August 2013 Exhibition of that name.
The Ashfield Collection: An illustrated catalogue of the permanent collection at Ashfield.
"We That is Tradds": The Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh: An overview of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh.
Heraldry of the Incorporated Trades of Edinburgh: Origin and usage of the Heraldry of the Trades.
"So Great and Good a Work": The Trades Maiden Hospital of Edinburgh, founded 1704. Origin, history, present and future.
The above fully illustrated publications are all A5-size and will each be priced at £5. Publication dates vary; the first of them should be ready fairly shortly.