Another really busy day!
Master and Wardens' Committee in the morning with five new Freemen admitted to the Company and some useful discussion on the Future of the Company Archives. The Upper Warden reported on the outcome of the deliberations of his small group looking into this. The conclusion is that the Company should keep the Archives here but only if we can make better use of them and look after them properly. This is good news and I am sure that we can meet the condition imposed. To do so we have two things to do. The first is to get them fully digitalised and available online for researchers to properly use the unique historical information contained within them. We should be able to raise revenue from such online access and thus extend the hours of our own archivist. The second is to find a better location for them and the Library. This will be part of a larger project to undertake a complete review of how we use all the space in the Hall and its related buildings. And ultimately it will rely on our ability to raise funds to cover the associated building costs.
This was followed by the Awards and Committees Lunch with just under 60 people present. It is the Company's opportunity to thank everyone who has served on a committee and helped the Company over the past year. I would like to add my own thanks to the Master's. Without the massive support the Company gets from its members we wouldn't be able to do a tenth of what we achieve. The Master also presented awards to students on graphic communications courses.
Straight after lunch I dashed to a meeting of the Industry Group where plans for future Industry Group and Digital Media Group meetings were discussed. There were lots of ideas but, as always, we welcome input from members so, if you have any suggestions for speakers and subjects for events, please let me know!
The day finished with the Summer Forum. The theme was Packaging and the Environment. This was a highly appropriate theme for the final month of a Master with a distinguished career in packaging but it was also a slightly esoteric one and I had been very nervous that we wouldn't attract enough attendees to make the event a success. In the end my worries proved unfounded: with 78 people present, the Court Room was full and we had a very lively and informative discussion. Peter Day was, as always, faultless as Chairman and Dick Searle, Jane Bickerstaff and Sonia Raja (Head of Packaging at Tescos) made excellent presentations. There was a forest of hands throughout the question time. I would like to thank all four of them but most of all Mike Hancock who organised the whole event. All in all, another Stationers' triumph!