At Sworders we recognise the need to support both local and national heritage and culture bodies - particularly in the fields of art and antiques in which we specialise. We enjoy partnerships with the following organisations:


In the words of David Oleman:

The Fry Art Gallery displays the work of the diverse group of artists who settled in and around great Bardfield in the 20th century. The Bardfield Group of artists are very popular and the Gallery has several exhibitions each year to which visitors travel from all over the country and from abroad. Consequently there are a growing number of collectors and we are very pleased to be able to refer them to Sworders who will share their expertise in fine art.   

Sworders have been a principal sponsor for several years and we are proud to have built up a partnership that builds on the strengths of both parties to develop a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship sharing our commitment to quality. Sworders help us also with an interest in the Collection and this relationship between the Fry volunteers and Sworders staff is greatly appreciated and gives value to both organisations.

The Fry Art Gallery is managed and run by volunteers and it is only possible to do this with the help of sponsorship which demonstrates Sworders commitment to the local community.

Needless to say, exhibitions are a very vital part of our activities and Sworders’ contribution gives us the confidence to develop our programme for the year ahead. 




Supporting Britain's privately-owned historic houses, castles and gardens 

The Historic Houses Association (HHA) represents 1,600 of the UK's privately and charitably owned historic houses, castles and gardens. These are listed buildings or designated gardens, usually Grade I or II*, and are often outstanding. Many are considered to be iconic symbols of Britain's unique heritage. Around 500 of these properties open their doors to visitors for days out, special tours, school visits, film locations, weddings and events, or as memorable places to stay.  13 million people a year visit HHA Member properties and there are 42,000 Friends of the HHA. Members range from iconic stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle, Castle Howard, Knebworth House, Longleat and Burghley House, to more intimate houses such as Traquair in Scotland, Treowen in Wales and Belle Isle in Northern Ireland.  Most are still private family homes.  The Association was established in 1973 to help owners conserve these wonderful places in the interests of the nation and carries out important lobbying, advisory and marketing work on behalf of Member properties.

Sworders take a stand at the HHA annual exhibition and AGM in November every year, where they are happy to meet many HHA owners and friends.





Sworders sponsorship of the June weekend in our Raynham Recital series enables us to book world class musicians to come to this intimate and lovely setting. Their backing has made it possible for us to look past being able to pay the performers and to plan ahead with confidence in sourcing and engaging musicians who give literally life-changing recitals in these stupendous acoustics. Their contribution is the bedrock of our success in attracting regular and growing audiences. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.

Lady Alison Townsend

If you would like to hear more about The Raynham Hall Recitals or book tickets for upcoming concerts please visit their website.



News & Articles


Sworders Supports | St Clare Hospice

We are delighted to support the St Clare Hospice through a special valuation day on Tuesday 10 October, where our team will be available to help you discover the value of your items, whilst raising crucial funds for the charity.

19 September 2023

Sworders Supports | The Curwen Print Study Centre

It has been some time since the last update on The Curwen Print Study Centre and the progress made with last year's fundraising efforts. Now, we provide an exciting update on the remarkable achievements they have accomplished.

10 July 2023

Sworders Supports | Art In East Anglia

Sworders are pleased to support two art events in East Anglia this summer, Holt Festival & Paint Out, both of which offer a platform for local artists to showcase their work. 

29 June 2023

Picnic At The Petite Prom 2023

Sworders is once again proud to be sponsoring an evening of musical entertainment in a beautiful garden setting in Much Hadham. 

2 May 2023

Bartlow 3 Counties Charity Walk 2023

Sworders are proud to sponsor the Bartlow 3 Counties Charity Walk 2023, a charity event which has raised over £180,000 over the last 18 years for a number of fantastic causes.

13 April 2023

Life In Great Bardfield

We are delighted to be hosting a preview and drinks reception of our upcoming Modern & Contemporary Art auction in partnership with the Fry Art Gallery on Monday 24 April.

13 April 2023

Sworders Sponsors 2022 Excellence of Youth Exhibition

Sworders are delighted to sponsor the 2022 Excellence of Youth, a fundraising art exhibition and unique platform for artists under the age of 30.

26 September 2022

Help to Bring the Curwen Archive to Life - Target Reached!

The Curwen Print Study Centre urgently needed to raise £26,350 to make its extensive archive publicly available for the very first time and it has now reached its crowdfunding target. Congratulations and a big thank you to all who donated!

29 June 2022

The Fry Reopens With Great Bardfield Exhibition Sponsored by Sworders

The Fry Art Gallery in Saffron Walden, Essex, has undergone a major refurbishment and reopens with one of its first shows supported Sworders.

6 May 2022

We Stand With Ukraine

Sworders have donated £2,408.70 the profit from the sale of thirteen paintings by contemporary Ukrainian artists to support the work of the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

8 April 2022

Sworders Sponsors The Norfolk Stately Car Boot Sale

Come and visit us at the Norfolk Stately Car Boot sale at Senowe Park on Sunday 1 May.

22 February 2022

Can You Help Curwen Reach Its Fundraising Target?

The Curwen Print Study Centre is an educational charity established in the late 1990s to ensure traditional handcrafted printmaking skills are protected for future generations.  £120,000 has been raised so far in its bid to move to new premises in early 2022. You can now make your mark and purchase an artwork to further aid the campaign.

21 September 2021