When the Guildhall was refurbished, it was felt important to recognise the role of the Guilds in the life of the City. A wall on the first floor of the Guildhall now has the coat of arms of each York Guild on display, along with a resume of their history.

The Master, Immediate Past Master and Master Elect attended the “unveiling” of the Wall of Guilds performed by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris Cullwick.

As a Past Master of the Guild of Building, the Lord Mayor is well-versed in the history of the Guilds in the City.

Each year, the Cordwainers award a prize to a first-year BA fashion student at York College, and in 2023, the brief was to design and make a leather accessory. The students spend an afternoon at Bedern Hall meeting members and learning about the Company.

They then research, design and make their garment or accessory and members of the Court spend an afternoon at the College judging their entries.

Our winner in 2023 was Sydney Alicia Newman, who designed and made a leather belt with added pouches. She was awarded a cheque, a medal and a certificate by the Master.