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1989-2024  Now in our 35th 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 of information 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 two-three  meetings each year - lectures/workshops and an AGM. We have a varied program of courses, meetings and workshops, most are FREE to members.

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 145 

is back from the printers.

Will be sending out this weekend..


2 new articles

 on the

Interesting Articles Page

Increase in UK & Overseas subscription from January 2024. Please check the membership page. Here

If you have a standing order for your UK membership subscription, please increase the amount NOW with your bank from £12.00 to £15.00 starting 6 January 2024



We have a new way of staying in touch with the society.

The membership form to renew or join is on the

'How to Join ' 



The Journal needs features, articles and  patterns. (Royalty Free)

If you have something bead related that you love and can write about, please send to Carole, with photos.






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