Joining The Guild
Below are details of the three different entry categories within the British Toymakers Guild. Once you have decided the category that is appropriate for you, please complete the relevant application form and return to the Guild Office. If you require any further information do please call us.
Membership of the British Toymakers Guild is aimed specifically at the craftsperson and toy designer. In order to be considered for acceptance as a Member we need to see at least two photographs of your work, plus links to your website, where appropriate, and your background. A sample of your work may be requested
Full details of the Guild’s selection criteria are found on the Membership application form.
The Guild is not a legislative body. Therefore before considering an item for selection, the Selection Panel must be satisfied that the item in question conforms to the requirements of EN71 (BS5665) where applicable for toys intended for children below the age of 14.
This level of entry is appropriate for everyone who is involved in the world of contemporary traditional toys, though not necessarily the maker. It is aimed at retailers, museums, teachers, institutions and suppliers that work with toys, and of course anybody who wishes to give practical support to the Guild. Associates membership is a way of keeping abreast of what is happening in the world of hand-crafted toys, gifts, miniatures and collectibles.
We also find that some toymakers choose to join the Guild as Associates prior to submitting their work for full Membership once they feel sufficiently confident that it will meet the required criteria.
Associates receive the quarterly journal, a descriptive entry in the Electronic Directory. Associates are welcome to attend and address Committee Meetings and the Annual General Meeting but may not vote.
FRIENDS OF THE BTG
This recently established level of membership is intended to provide contact between the Guild and the many people who simply love traditional toys.
Friends receive the quarterly journal, the Annual Directory. Friends are welcome to attend and address Committee Meetings and the Annual General Meeting but may not vote.