April 29, 2024


On Tuesday 23rd April 2024, The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire celebrated its 400th anniversary. The organisation, established by an Act of Parliament on 23rd April 1624, was initially tasked with regulating the trade of cutlery within the Sheffield and Hallamshire districts. Today, the Company of Cutlers has expanded its focus to encompass a wide range of industries, including tools, steel, advanced manufacturing, robotics, and digital engineering.

The celebrations were led by the Master Cutler, Mr Charles Turner DL. The day began with the quarterly meeting with the Company Members, later followed by a service of thanksgiving at Sheffield Cathedral. The day concluded with dinner at the Cutlers’ Hall, a memorable occasion for all involved.


The Master & Mistress Cutler were joined by the Senior Warden, Mr Philip Rodrigo, Junior Warden, Professor Keith Jackson, Immediate Past Master, Dame Julie Kenny DBE DL, Company Members, Freemen and Friends of The Company of Cutlers. They were joined by local dignitaries, including the Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire and the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Sheffield, as well as leaders from the manufacturing industry.

As the Master Cutler, they are to serve as the ‘voice of manufacturing’ for Sheffield, Hallamshire, and South Yorkshire. The Cutlers’ Company advocates for the region’s manufacturing industries locally, nationally, and internationally, emphasising the significance of manufacturing to the nation’s resilience and economic value. Membership as a Freeman of the Company signifies active involvement in manufacturing within this renowned region, known for its commitment to quality.

The Cutlers’ Hall, an impressive Grade II* listed building, serves as the hub for The Company of Cutlers activities, bringing together both Members and Freemen. It functions as a dynamic event space, hosting a diverse range of events, from dinners and conferences to boxing weigh-ins and weddings, as well as the Goldsmiths North Jewellery Fair and DOCFEST.

The Hall stands as a testament to the Company’s legacy and significance in the city’s history. Its rich historical significance and grandeur make it an ideal setting for any event, embodying timeless elegance and heritage.