Celebrating 50 years of our Royal Charter

On 8th May 1963 SDC was formally granted a Royal Charter, and so today we are celebrating 50 years of holding our Royal Charter. This is SDC’s most significant milestone to date. Later this led to the Society being able to award the Chartered Colourist (CCol) status in recognition of individual professionalism. Gaining a Royal Charter is much sought after and means that we are the only organisation in the world able to award the Chartered Colourist status.

What is a Royal Charter?

Royal Charters, granted by the sovereign on the advice of the Privy Council, have a history dating back to the 13th century. Their original purpose was to create public or private corporations (including towns and cities), and to define their privileges and purpose. New grants of Royal Charters are these days reserved for eminent professional bodies or charities which have a solid record of achievement and are financially sound. In the case of professional bodies they should represent a field of activity which is unique and not covered by other professional bodies.

In celebration of 50 years of our Royal Charter, we asked a number of those with Chartered Colourist status to tell us what it means to them.

‘My designated letters are very important to me in my professional life’
Simon Collinson of DyStar China

‘I will be a member of SDC for 40 years by the end of this year. It means to me a lot being a Chartered Colourist. It is not just a professional status, it reminds me to perform professionally in my job every day, to continue to learn and update my knowledge in the coloration field.’
Clement Lam, Director, Pacific Textiles Limited, Hong Kong

We look forward to the next 50 years, and to welcoming many more Chartered Colourists in recognition of its continued relevance in the world of coloration.


We celebrate our Royal Charter in the forthcoming issue of The Colourist.

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