Launch of the book 'The Livery Halls of the City of London'
On October 31, I attended a launch of the book 'The Livery Halls of the City of London' in the lovely ballroom at Mansion House. This book, the brainchild of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Accountants, was commissioned to celebrate their 30th anniversary this year. It was 50% funded by the Chartered Architects livery company, with other donations coming from the City of London and other sources.
This is a magnificent book, full of sumptuous pictures. It is no means just a 'coffee table' item to be flicked through but, with a full history of the halls, it is meant to be read!
At the launch, attended by the Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, we heard remarks from Master Chartered Architect, Barry Munday, and Hugh Merrell, the president of the publishing company, Merrell Publishers.
During the proceedings, aside from meeting many of my fellow Masters, I had a long chat with Dame Fiona Woolf, a past Lord Mayor and now Master Plumber, who thanked us for our support for the forthcoming Science Museum exhibition of Scientific Instruments. I pledged our continuing desire to work together, and mentioned our intention to 'share' videos of our Scholar and Freemen research projects.
I have purchased a copy of the book. Glaziers’ Hall has a good write up, and encouragingly the pictures are post refurbishment. Unfortunately, though, it does not feature The Arches!