13 members of the livery attended this visit which was organised by Assistant John Caunt.
We had an excellent guide, Helen, who had been a private secretary to MP's over the last 25 years. She shared her experiences of parliament with us as we toured this magnificent building. The tour commenced at the red end of the house in the Robing Chamber where Her Majesty rests before the State Opening. We visit House of Lords, the Central Lobby and the House of Commons and also the nay lobby of the Commons. We ended in Westminster Hall, built in the 13th century.
We then crossed the street to visit the Jewel Tower. This is the only other part of the 13th Century royal palace that is extant. We were all very surprised to find that this was the home of measurement standards until very recently. (In fact Senior Warden Seton Bennett, who was not on the visit, tells me that the Board of Trade Weights and Measures department was housed in the adjacent building and the tower was the storage area for this department).
This case contains various standards including an imperial equivalent kilogram from 1887.
This case contains various volume standards including a bushel and peck!
We then moved onto the Crypt restaurant in St John's Smith Square for a...