The Proof House: 48-50 Commercial Road, London E1 1LP
Worshipful Company of Gunmakers
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7481 2695
The Worshipful Company of Gunmakers was incorporated by Royal Charter in 1637 to promote and regulate gunmaking, a role it still fulfils today.
Governed by the Master, Wardens and Court of Assistants. Activities encompass four broad areas of operation: Regulatory, Charitable, Social and Civic.

Gunmakers Events

Lord Mayor’s Show

November 10, 2018

Bring the family to this annual City pageant which marks the occasion when every newly-elected Lord Mayor leaves the safety of the City of London to swear loyalty to the Crown.

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Nomination Dinner 2018

November 7, 2018

Another opportunity to meet fellow Liverymen, entertain guests, enjoy a sumptuous dinner, and witness the installation of the newly-elected Master.

A notice will be issued in August inviting applications for places.

Time:18:30 – 22:30

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Armistice 100 Livery Lunch at the Cutlers’ Hall

October 31, 2018

This is a lunch for the whole Livery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. The Company’s Honorary Chaplain, The Rev’d David Cooper, a respected collector of the Lee Enfield rifle, will speak on the subject. As many as possible are encouraged to attend this important marker. Liverymen are encouraged to bring guests; there is no restriction on the latter. The price per head is £95 and application for tickets should be made to the Assistant Clerk as soon as possible. The book will close 18 October.

Time: 12:30 – 14:45

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Election of Lord Mayor 2018

October 1, 2018

The annual election of  candidates standing for the office of  Lord Mayor of the City of London, at which all Liverymen are eligible to vote.  Details of the candidates will be circulated as soon as they become available. Lunch for those participating will be arranged at a nearby Livery Hall, if there is sufficient demand.

Time:11:00 – 13:00

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Livery Lunch July 2018

July 5, 2018

Another in our series of popular lunches at the Proof House for members of the Livery. A tour of the Proof House and its operations is included and up to 2 guests may be invited.

A notice inviting applications will be issued shortly.

Time:12:00 – 15:00

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Election of Sheriffs 2018

June 25, 2018

The annual election of  candidates standing for the ancient office of Sheriff of the City of London, at which all Liverymen are eligible to vote.  Details of the candidates will be circulated as soon as they become available. Lunch at a nearby Livery Hall will be arranged for those wishing to participate afterwards.

Time:11:00 – 13:00


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Livery Lunch June 2018

June 14, 2018

Another in our series of popular lunches at the Proof House for members of the Livery. A tour of the Proof House and its operations is included and up to 2 guests may be invited.

A notice inviting applications will be issued shortly.

Time:12:00 – 15:00

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Summer Banquet 2018

June 5, 2018

This is a major event in the Company calendar and provides an excellent opportunity for Liverymen to entertain wives, partners and friends, introduce potential members to the Company, and enjoy the grandeur of one of the oldest Livery Halls in the City of London.  Enjoy a champagne reception in the Hall’s delightful courtyard garden (weather permitting) before partaking of a sumptuous 4 course dinner. The dress code will be Evening Dress (White Tie).

A notice inviting applications will be issued in March.

Time:18:30 – 22:30

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Location

Since 1675, the Worshipful Company of Gunmakers has been located at its present location, just outside Aldgate and the old walls of the City of London. For directions visit our Contact page.

Regulatory

The Company operates the Proof House, which has statutory powers to test and regulate the safety of firearms.

Charitable

Members of the Livery serve as trustees of the Gunmakers Company Charitable Trust, which provides assistance for training gunmakers and advancement of the art and technology of gunmaking and related trades.

Social

The Company organises formal dinners and other activities and events for its liverymen (which includes women).

Civic

The Livery participates in the governance of the City of London, including the election of the Sheriffs and the Lord Mayor.

Proof

No gun can be legally sold in the United Kingdom without having undergone proof.

Safety

The Proof House is called in to investigate accidents caused by firearms malfunction.

De-activation

The Proof House ensures and certifies that guns wanted for display purposes, rather than use, have been made permanently unusable in the manner required by law.