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Guild President
Colin Byfleet
Vice President
Prof Vaughan Jones FRS
Vice President
Nigel Harding

Past Presidents

The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.

We have over a thousand members world-wide, from all walks of life, including academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).

Annual General Meeting

Do join us for the Guild's AGM on 9th - 11th May 2014.

Our brief AGM will be in the Dockyard Church at The Historic Dockyard, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4TE. The rest of the weekend will be devoted to exhibitions, demonstrations and not a little socialising. There will be a special demonstration in the working Rope Walk for IGKT members at 1400 on Friday afternoon.

Full AGM details (PDF 250K).

What Does The IGKT Do?

We are an educational non-profit making organisation dedicated to furthering interest in practical, recreational and theoretical aspects of knotting. Our aim is to preserve traditional knotting techniques and promote the development of new techniques for new material and applications. We attend public events to advertise the Guild and its work, and conduct talks and demonstrations by arrangement with interested groups. We keep in touch with each other by correspondence, by holding regular meetings and exhibitions at both international and regional levels.

The Guild also publishes a quarterly newsletter, Knotting Matters.

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Extract of the Objectives of the IGKT

  1. Promote research into all aspects of knotting
  2. Act as a primary source of reference and consultation
  3. Publish a periodical […] about knot crafts and related subjects
  4. Form and maintain a library of books, papers, films, photographs and other materials associated with knots. […] with a view to making information availabe to Members of the Guild and the general public
  5. Form collection of knots and knotting and work related crafts
  6. Promote and encourage knotting as an element in the education of children and young persons, and as a therapy for those who may benefit from such remedial activity
  7. Further promote the interest in knotting and associated activities, through its members, to the general public

IGKT Council of Trustees

Other Guild Officials

Secretary of Executive Committee: Sheila Pearson

Full details of the members of the Executive Committee

A list of Guild trustees can also be found on the Charity Commission web site using our reference number 802153.

Please address all written correspondence to:
The Secretary, IGKT
Oaken Cleave