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Reykjavík Craftsmen's Guild

Reykjavík Craftsmen Guild

In order to promote the interests of Icelandic craftsmen in the mid-nineteenth century, organization and education were needed. This development began when the Reykjavík Craftsmen Guild (IMFR) was founded on February 3rd, 1867. There were 31 founding members, all of them craftsmen working in Reykjavik. The purpose of IMFR was to promote the education of skilled workers and strengthen institutions that worked for their benefit.

IMFR’s history is interwoven with the history of Reykjavik. In 1869 the IMFR founded an evening school. Administrating the school proved difficult financially, and schooling came to a halt in 1890. At a meeting in IMFR in March 1901, the board of directors presented plans to establish evening classes for craftsmen. Schooling with the new arrangements began with the Technical College in October 1904.

The IMFR presented the Icelandic nation with a statue of Ingolfur Arnarson in 1924, and on its centennial celebrations in 1967, it honoured the Mayor of Reykjavik with a celebratory symbol, a chain which the Mayor wears on festive occasions. Members of the IMFR now number around 290. The association supports all cultural and educational work done in the interests of Icelandic industry. The guild’s 150th anniversary will be held on February 2nd, 2017. 

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