The Education Trust


The Merchant Adventurers of the City of York have a long and proud history of supporting education. When the company was founded and Hall built in 1357 Merchants supported the training of apprentices, many of whom went on to grow successful businesses and become Merchant Adventurers themselves.


Today the aim of our charitable trust is to support business and enterprise education, with the current focus of providing opportunities for young people in the city. Two new Company funded and supported education projects have launched this Spring:


Through the Merchant Adventurers’ Experience, all York Primary Schools have been invited to a fully funded visit to the Hall for key stage two children.  The visit comprises of interactive games, discovery and activities. Transport to and from the Hall is also funded. So far this year 466 children have visited the Hall.  They have experienced the highs and lows of being a Tudor Merchant Adventurer, taken part in early music workshops, explored medieval medicine and seen letters written by Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.  All visits are tailored to fit into the curriculum and the current area of study.


The second project, a collaboration with the York Independent and State School Partnership (York ISSP) and York University, has seen 30 year nine and ten pupils take part in an innovative Business and Enterprise project.  Led by expert ISSP tutors and mentored by Merchant Adventurers the aim is illustrate the skills needed to succeed in business and how to develop their ideas.


The Education Trust supports projects in our region including: