Monday, 26 March 2012

Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker: 850 Years of Livery Company Treasures

You wait ages for a blog then two come along at once.

On March 16 I attended a briefing for the exhibition mentioned above. I went to the Tallow Chandlers Hall with our Clerk and Honorary Archivist and Assistant to hear more about the details.

This exhibition will be at the Guildhall Library from June 22 until September 23. It will be a once in a lifetime (several lifetimes in fact) chance to see some of the artefacts on display. They are held by a wide range of Livery Companies and are usually not on view to the public. Some are kept in vaults and some are never seen outside their own halls so it is not to be missed.

This is going to be a wonderful exhibition and there will be something for everyone. As it includes the school holidays I will certainly be taking the grandchildren along.

The Needlemakers Company will be well represented but I will keep the “what” a secret until closer to the time see Butcher, Baker Candlestick Maker for more details.

I was then treated to an excellent lunch at the George and Vulture. Appropriately, in this bicentennial year of Charles Dickens’ birth, this pub was a favourite haunt of Dickens and is mentioned in The Pickwick Papers. It is the headquarters of the City Pickwick Club and I can confirm provides an excellent lunch with substantial portions!

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