The Stationers' Company
The City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries


Partner with us to help young people enter and advance in the content and communications industriesThe Stationers’ Foundation partners with industry, charities and individuals to provide financial and practical support for young people seeking to enter and advance in our industries.

Our Mission

To promote and encourage education and research in the Communication and Content industries.
To provide financial assistance and care to those who work or have worked in our industries and their dependents in time of need.
To provide a well-managed library and archive for the Stationers’ Company
To support, amongst others, the charities of the Lord Mayor and Corporation of London and the Royal Marines


The Company’s involvement in training and education began around 1557 when ‘Apprenticeship Indentures’ was drawn up by the Company and Printing Houses were obliged to present their apprentices at Stationers’ Hall, for the fee of sixpence, during their first year. In 1861 the Company opened the first Stationers’ School to benefit the sons of the Liverymen and Freemen of the Company. A larger school followed but unfortunately it was closed in 1984. Today there are a number of ways in which the charity supports training, education and welfare.

Below is a short film about the Foundation’s work.


98p of every £1 we spend directly supports training programmes, bursaries, and schools, making us one of the most efficient ways to increase your impact on education and training for our industries through an active partnership.

This brochure illustrates some of the programmes we support with the help of our partners. If you'd like to find out more about partnering with us to help young people enter and advance in our industries please contact us at:

Governance Of The Foundation

Governance of the Foundation is through a Board of Trustees. To find out more about the trustees click here and for a full list of trustees, click here.

Any general enquires about The Foundation should be sent to:-
Pamela Butler, Administrator, The Stationers’ Foundation, Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD 
Tel: 020 7246 0990
Fax: 020 7489 1975 

The Foundation Activities

Postgraduate Bursary Scheme
– The Foundation offers 10 annual awards for students on selected postgraduate courses that are related to the Communication and Content industries.
For more information about the scheme, click here.

To read an article by a bursary recipient about how important the award was to her, click here.

Scholarships and awards – We offer a variety of awards as follows:-

  • Financial Assistance – for students requiring assistance towards the cost of starting or continuing their education
  • Major Awards – for students intending to pursue a course of study associated with the Communication and Content industries.
  • Francis Mathew Scholarships – for students wishing to travel whilst following a course of study associated with the Communication and Content industries.
  • Prize and Scholarship Fund – for students following a course of study associated with the Communication and Content industries at FE Colleges and Universities

For more information, click here.

The Stationers' Foundation Saturday Schools – The Foundation funds two Saturday Schools for disadvantaged children in London. The classes aim to help primary school children reach their full academic potential. Fifty children attend the schools in Kings Cross and Somers Town. These children’s families cannot afford private tutors to supplement their education and as a result many are falling behind. Based in the heart of communities, experienced teachers deliver traditional lessons in English and Maths.
For more information, click here.

Shine School Media Awards – The Foundation is pleased to be a main sponsor and organiser of the Shine Schools Media Project, a competition for the best schools’ media piece. To learn more click here.

Schools Support – The Foundation supports Stationers' Crown Woods Academy in many ways including through the provision of equipment alongside the mentoring and other support provided by the Stationers' Company.

Welfare – The Foundation’s welfare activity is the provision of annual or one-off grants of money and other support to persons in need, hardship or distress who work or have worked in the Communication and Content industries and their dependants. For more information, click here.

Charity Giving – The Foundation makes regular contributions to charities in the City of London and beyond including support for the Lord Mayor of London’s charities and the Royal Marines.

Library and Archive – The Company's Library and Archive are an important historical resource and are administered through a specific fund.  The provision and administration of the fund was transferred to Stationers' Hall Charity in 2018.  To learn more about the Library & Archive, click here.

Charitable Funds

The Foundation administers its giving through a series of funds:-

The Stationers’ Foundation Education Fund -
The Main Fund represents an amalgamation of 24 charities representing old gifts and bequests. The Fund is used for all Educational and welfare payments made by the Foundation.

The Stationers' Community Fund -
Following The Stationers' and Newspaper Makers' Company Act 1961, which wound up the English Stock Company (the former trading arm of the Stationers’ Company), Charity Fund 1961 was established. The purpose of the Fund is to apply the income to such charitable institutions as the trustees may decide. Currently funds are disbursed to Trade Benevolent Societies and other institutions associated with the Company, and also to civic and other appeals, including The Lord Mayor's Charity. A list of donations is published annually. Charity 61 was renamed The Stationers' Community Fund in 2012 to better reflect the nature of the fund's giving.