The objectives of the Guild are to encourage, set and maintain high standards of knowledge and practice in the traditional skills of those who lived and worked, on and around, the waterways in the days of commercial carrying.
The Guild’s strength comes through its members and we welcome those practising or who just have an interest in seeing the objectives of the Guild being achieved. Communication with members is principally through its twice yearly newsletter, “The Journeyman”. To assist our members we offer discounts on approved training courses and Guild stock items.
To help raise the public’s awareness of the quality of work commercially available while encouraging members to develop their skills, members practising a relevant skill, either professionally or as an enthusiast, may apply to have their work accredited by the Guild.
There are three categories:
- Apprentice, the entry level.
- Journeyman, for the more experienced, often carrying out their work on a commercial basis.
- Master, for the experts in their particular skill.
Accredited members are listed in the widely distributed Directory.