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The Barbers' Company

Barbers’ Historical Society

The Barbers’ Historical Society was started in 1987 as the Historical Group, under the chairmanship of Past Master Sir Francis Avery Jones.  The aim of the Group was to expand the knowledge of the history of the Company by involving members in original research thereby encouraging greater use of its ever-expanding library and remains its aim today.  The Group meets 4 times a year and meetings either take the form of a presentation and buffet supper in the Hall, or an outside visit.

Upcoming events:


  • September 11 2024. BHS Spitalfields Walk with Richard Pusey: How waves of Immigration have changed East London into a Vibrant and Exciting Area.'


  • November 11 2024 6.30pm-9pm.  BHS evening with guest speaker Will Palin on 'Waking a Sleeping Giant. The Rescue and Repair of the North Wing at St Bartholomew’s Hospital' and Honorary Curator Peter Willoughby on Robert Dighton’s ‘Tragedy Burlesqued, or the Barber turned Actor.’


  • Mar 3 2025 6.30pm-9pm. BHS AGM


The Society has 3 main aims:

  • To commission a programme of research and presentations for its quarterly meetings
  • To encourage members of the Company to use the archives and library for research and to assist the Archivist
  • To publish at intervals folios of research and to record public presentations and other work done by members

The current officers of the Society are:

Chairman:        Sara Cooke
Secretary:        Richard Pusey
Treasurer:        Derek Adams