The Society of Heraldic Art

Founded in 1987, the Society of Heraldic Arts was the first organisation of its kind in the world. It is now an established and much respected international guild of heraldic artists, designers and craftsmen, its Craft Members offering a comprehensive range of services to private clients and to corporate and civic organisations. 

There are two classes of membership: Craft Membership for practitioners and Associate Membership for anyone who aspires to Craft Membership or who loves the vivacity and brilliance of heraldry and wishes to support the objectives of the Society.

Specialities offered by Craft Members include heraldic art (painted or drawn on paper and vellum), calligraphy, bookplates (engraved or drawn), document illumination, raised and burnished gilding, signwriting (including arms on wood, glass, plaster and stone), oil gilding, glass gilding, water gilding, stained glass windows, painted and fired glass, sculpting and carving (in wood, stone, precious metal and other materials), heraldic miniatures and figure modelling, precious metal jewellery, line engraved hallmarked silver or brass plaques, seal engraving, die-sinking for medals and shield-making. 

The Society publishes a quarterly journal, The Heraldic Craftsman, which is received by all members. It features the work of heraldic artists, together with articles of a technical nature and news of the Society’s activities. The website is essentially a shop window for the work of the Society’s Craft Members and a focal point for all those who are attracted to this fascinating art form.    

The Society also offers advice concerning the correct use of heraldry to enhance corporate or personal identity and its application in graphic design, architecture, documents, fabrics, artefacts etc.. 

We can also advise on how to apply to a granting authority for letters patent granting armorial bearings and can assist in the design process. Please browse artist profiles.



Alexander Lindsay - M.A  S.H.A.+click image(s) to enlarge

I was born in 1936 and my father was an enormously versatile artist and craftsman.

After leaving Oxford (MA Engineering Science) in 1960 I joined the Army. 30 years later, having acquired a degree in mathematics from the Open University, I joined Cranfield University as a lecturer in mathematics. At last I had the stability and time to try to emulate my father. Various courses in cabinet making and other woodworking skills led me to the craft of marquetry. It suited my aptitudes: patience, perfectionism and a love of wood. Since then I am largely self-taught. The work is demanding and immensely slow. Each piece of veneer is cut by hand with a scalpel and fitted into an identical hole in another veneer. Some pieces are so small that I have to hold my breath to avoid blowing them away.

I exhibited in London, with other artists, in 2003 and 2008 and at other provincial events. My work is not only connected with heraldry.

Address: Col Alexander Lindsay, Foxleaze, Preston, Cirencester, Glos GL7 5PS
Telephone: 01285655875 and 07726723848
Website: www.lindsaymarquetry,


Neil Bromley SHA + click image(s) to enlarge

Neil Bromley studied art at college for six years, graduating with an H.N.D. in Calligraphy and Heraldry at Reigate School of Art in 1995. Whilst studying at Reigate he was awarded two bursaries from the Worshipful Company of Scriveners and the Company of Painters/Stainers.

Neil lives in Devon and has established himself in Exeter as an Heraldic Artist and Illuminator. He is a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.

Neil is an elected Craft Member of the Society of Heraldic Arts.

His work includes paintings of full coats of arms, honorary scrolls and grants of arms. He also produces heraldic work for reproduction, calligraphic work, and the reproduction of medieval manuscript pages.

All work is produced on vellum. He uses 23.5K gold leaf and gesso where possible as well as shell Gold along with other medieval techniques. The durable quality of his materials ensures that the documents will last for a long time and are finished to the best possible standard.

Neil attended the 2006 Genealogical and Heraldic Congress in St. Andrews (Scotland) and was awarded the Barden Prize for outstanding work.

He is currently designing coins for Westminster collection as well as other ongoing private commissions.

Tel: 01392 444190

92 WOOD Escott Named in honour of the President of the Society of Heraldic Arts, Anthony Wood, PSHA, and his late wife Margaret, a Queen’s Scribe.

These marketing bursaries are awarded annually to selected students of the City & Guilds of London School of Art who have shown a particular ability to design and create beautiful heraldry.

The bursary is designed to assist these talented new artists to establish a presence in the international heraldic marketplace.

The bursary consists of:

  • Associate Craft Membership for two years.
  • A presence on the SHA website for two years
  • One to one mentoring by an established Craft Members of the SHA in marketing and sales of work
  • Assistance in publicising work already done in the quarterly journal The Heraldic Craftsman.

The selection of Bursary winners is the responsibility of the City & Guilds of London School of Art which will then pass on the administration of the scheme to the Hon Editor in the first instance.

Tim Crawley, head of historic carving at the School says: ‘This is an imaginative and potentially valuable, practical assistance at a critical moment in a student’s career. The SHA is to be commended on this initiative.’

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