The Society’s meeting in September is to be held in the City, starting at Wren’s historic St Vedast’s Church, later associated with John Betjeman, and will focus on the fascinating and historic subject of London’s Livery Companies.
We are very pleased that David Palfreyman LLB Oxf Brookes, MBA Aston, MA Oxf, FRSA, has agreed to speak on the topic of “London’s Livery Companies – their History & Customs illustrated from their portrayal in Literature from Chaucer via Pepys & Evelyn to Dickens and Thackeray”.
David has been Bursar and a Fellow of New College Oxford since 1988; teaches regularly on Higher Education policy, governance law and management relating to the running of universities; numbers his research interests to include the law of higher education and comparative HE policy; has published widely on HE topics; and has many City connections as a member of the Educators’ Company. He has recently published two sister City volumes, viz: London’s Livery Companies (2010) and London’s Inns of Court (2011), copies of which can be ordered through David or the Secretary. We welcome him and look forward to a stimulating talk.
After this a light lunch has been arranged nearby, followed by a visit to the Guildhall Art Gallery to see their exhibition “Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: 850 years of London Livery Company Treasures”, timed to coincide with The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. From the rare to the curious, the ancient to the modern, this major exhibition showcases the collections held by the livery companies, usually not on view to the public. The day’s schedule is:
- 11.15 Guests arrive at St Vedast’s Church Hall – time to socialise, tea/coffee and biscuits
- 11.45 Talk by David Palfreyman followed by questions from the audience
- 13.15 Two course lunch, tea/coffee in “HAZ” licensed restaurant, opposite the Church
- 14.45 End of lunch – walk to the Guildhall Art Gallery (10 minutes)
- c.15.00 Start of guided tour of the Livery Company Treasures Exhibition
- 16.30 Event ends (approx)
Tickets are priced at �30 each, to include tea/coffee on arrival, a light two course lunch, entry into and guided tour of the Exhibition. Drinks may be purchased in the restaurant which is fully licensed. Any special dietary requirements should be indicated on the form, please, and we shall endeavour to accommodate any requests. The event is not considered suitable for children under 12 years of age.
As numbers are strictly limited, early booking is strongly recommended.
Applications should be sent to Robin Bell (01276 476114) using the form below. Deadline, please: – Friday, 31st August 2012