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1989-2017  Now in our 28th year.

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The Bead Society of Great Britain, (formed in September 1989), is a subscription-based, non-profitmaking, non-commercial venture run by a permanent Team who work voluntarily.
The Society is open to all those who have an appreciation, either private or professional, of beads ancient and modern, of all shapes, sizes, materials and colours; their techniques of manufacture, and their application.

The aim of our Society is to encourage and share knowledge and enjoyment of every type of bead, to improve the accuracy ofinformation and the skills of making, using, caring for and collecting beads, together with the understanding of the many peoples for whom beads are so important in their lives.

Members receive three issues per year of the highly-acclaimed  Journal 


The Society currently holds four-five meetings each year - two-three lectures/workshops and an AGM. We have a varied program of courses, meetings and workshops, most are FREE to members.

Members receive discounted entry to fairs organised by the Craft Kit Company Ltd and BeadsupNorth. For more details vist the Beadwork Fair  and BeadsupNorth 


The Society numbers among its members private collectors, researchers, dealers, jewellery makers, bead embroiderers, beadwork weavers (on- and off-loom), makers of beads, and many others - so there's a place for everyone!


Stop Press

Journal 126 is back from the printers and is 

being sent out

 week beginning

 12 February.

Melanie de Miguel


Marie Antoinette Necklace

22nd April 2018.

only 11 places left.

See Society events page

for more details.

Provisional Dates for Your Diary

Sat 7th July 2018

Bristol Museum

Hearher Kingsley- Heath

Only 2 places left

Sunday 8th July 2018


look at Reserve Collection

of Beads & Beadwork

Bursary Workshop

2 Days with 

Russian Beadworker

Olga Martynova

making a Kokoshnik beaded headband.

Burwell 25th-26th July 2018

7 places to fill


27th-28th July 2018

8 places to fill

More details to follow.



Beading Groups

in the UK.

List of groups in your area

on the

 Useful Links page

The Newest


booklet is now available.

Seasons, Halloween 

And Christmas.

Find it on the Beadables Page

Exciting News

The Bead Society's

Journal is produced in

 Full Colour

all 40 pages are in colour.

3 Times a year for £12 a year.

A £1 a month!!


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