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Guild

An association of persons with a particular skill or trade. For example, the electricians in an area may form a guild for mutual support, to route business to each other, or for other reasons. A guild contrasts with a union primarily because it includes both employers and employees; it is based on trade, rather than class. Guilds were most common in medieval Europe, but still exist and have a great deal of sway in some industries, notably filmmaking. Bar associations of lawyers and realtor groups may also be considered guilds.
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The Freemen and Guilds Awards, which take place annually at the college, began in 1968.
The Guild met on the second Tuesday of every month and enjoyed an active social and educational programme, becoming a vibrant beating heart in the Middlesbrough community and a lighting rod for female creativity.
By the 40th anniversary there were 2,700 Guilds in the UK.
The merchant guild controlled most of the city's wholesale and retail trade, while the craft guilds controlled the production and sale of many manufactured goods.
Although collegia, fraternities, and other institutions similar to merchant guilds had existed in the classical period, in their customary form they emerged during the Commercial Revolution typically dated to about 1050.
In the wake of the abolition of the guilds, the National Assembly had failed to provide an alternative method of organizing labor.
The theme for the various displays stagS ed by the guilds was 'Beautiful Yorkshire'.
By taking on a City & Guilds qualification you really can turn your life around.
For additional information on the guilds, write to Marc Morganti, Secretary, American Pistolsmiths Guild (c/ o Gemini Custom, LLC, 717 Botkins Ln., Frankfort, KY 40601; american pistol.com) and to Jan Billeb, Executive Director, American Custom Gunmakers Guild(22 Vista View Ln., Cody, WY 82414).
Fitzgerald tackles not only the twocentury history of two complicated cycles but that of English guilds and town life.
IN 1966, under the auspices of the Newcastle West Townswomen's Guild, a new guild was set up for the benefit of patients in the now closed Hunter's Moor Hospital, Newcastle.