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Influence Government policy in the scientific instrumentation sector through lobbying and consultation on regualtory policy.

Keep up to date through close links with professional bodies and societies.

Support the future of the industry through educational scholarships, bursaries, grants and apprenticeships.

Broaden personal and business networks within the sector.

Help maintain the traditions of the Company and the CIty of London.

Enjoy the social calendar of the Livery, in particular the formal dinners, outing and technical visits.

Make new friends from the various parts of the industry and share experiences.



Liverymen must meet one or more of the following requirements:

  • be directly concerned in the technology of scientific instruments (see scientific instruments)
  • be scientifically qualified or skilled in the use of scientific instruments
  • Liverymen must be sufficiently senior in their profession to be capable of supervising the work of apprentices.
  • be able to satisfy the Advisory Committee and the Court that they are directly concerned in the well-being of the craft.

Before being admitted as a Liveryman, all candidates must have been granted the Freedom of the City of London

Commitment of membership is for life so that the knowledge and experience of several generations is retained for the benefit of the Livery's objectives.

Citizenship Qualifications

Admission is now open to all regardless of nationality. Associate membership is open to those who do not seek the freedom of the livery.

The expressions "freeman" and "liveryman" are used regardless of gender, and should not be taken to imply that membership is restricted in any way.


  • " If anybody says he can think about quantum problems without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them. "
    Niels Henrik David Bohr (1885-1962) Danish physicist.
  • " A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective. "
    Edward Teller
  • " I think science has enjoyed an extraordinary success because it has such a limited and narrow realm in which to focus its efforts. Namely, the physical universe. "
    Ken Jenkins
  • " If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate "
    Henry J. Tillman
  • " Nature composes some of her loveliest poems for the microscope and the telescope. "
    Theodore Roszak, Where the Wasteland Ends, 1972
  • " The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..." "
    Isaac Asimov
  • " Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing. "
    Wernher Von Braun
  • " Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men. "
    Jean Rostand
  • " Science is built up of facts, as a house is built of stones; but an accumulation of facts is no more a science than a heap of stones is a house. "
    Henri Poincaré, Science and Hypothesis, 1905
  • " The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he's one who asks the right questions. "
    Claude Lévi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964
  • " Facts are not science - as the dictionary is not literature. "
    Martin H. Fischer
  • " Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover. "
    Bertrand Russell
  • " DNA was the first three-dimensional Xerox machine. "
    Kenneth Boulding
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