Education Charitable Committee

The opportunity for the Horners to make a significant contribution to improving science education was greatly enhanced in 1996/97 as a result of a generous bequest from Ralph Anderson, a Horner whose working life was spent in the plastics industry. Ralph Anderson's wish was that his legacy should be used to support science related educational projects, preferably with a plastics connection.

For the purposes of management and distribution, the Company's charitable funds are divided between the General Fund and the larger Education Fund, the income from which is used to support educational projects. This process is managed by the Education Charitable Committee, reporting to the Trustees.

Company policy has been to select for support educational projects which are science (and preferably plastics) related and which have a national significance, making a lasting difference to a substantial number of students. Such projects will frequently involve partnership with other contributors.

We would be pleased to receive information on new educational projects of relevance to its core interests of science education and the polymer/plastics industry. Brief information on new projects, preferably with a national impact, should in the first instance be sent to the Clerk to the Horners Company horners.clerk@btinternet.com

Projects receiving Horners support include :

Polymer Study Tours
These are courses for science and technology teachers in secondary schools, designed to enhance teachers' and therefore pupils' understanding and awareness of polymers and the plastics industry. These Tours are held annually , currently at three university centres, and since their inception in 1987 have been attended by some 2200 teachers. As well as providing financial support, the Company plays a leading role in the direction of the courses. For more information click here


Fantastic Plastic
The Horners are major sponsors of a new web based teaching and revision resource developed by the University of Reading under the leadership of Professor Averil Macdonald. This is an extensive interactive e-learning resource intended to make polymeric materials attractive and interesting to the target audience of 14 - 19 year olds and to support them in studying this topic. It is based on current GCSE and A level teaching specifications. For more information click here

Awards and Prizes(funded by the Education Charitable Committee)

Further details of the following can be found under

The Student Design Innovation in Plastics (DIP)

Student award in Jewellery Design

Ralph Anderson Memorial Lecture

This lecture, given annually by a speaker distinguished in the field of science and education, has become a highly regarded event in the City calendar. It is attended by many senior Livery Company representatives and prominent figures from science and industry. For more information click here