As many members will know there is a fantastic exhibition at the Guildhall on the history of the Stationers’ Company. Its official opening was on 1 June. There was a reception and then the Clerk delivered the first in a series of three lectures about the Company.
At the Court meeting on Tuesday, 6 June 2017 the Master cloathed Dr Peter Singleton as a Liveryman of the Company. Peter was made Free in 2005 and has been a regular attender at events. He now has more time to devote to the Company and is looking forward to being even more active as a Liveryman.
Sadiyah Mir, Assistant Director Civitas Schools writes of their recent amazing trip which was supported so generously by Gerald and Marian Hill:
On the 13th May, five Civitas Schools teachers and twenty children from the Somers Town Stationers' School arrived at their local community centre ready for an adventure!
The garden at Stationers' Hall is always much enjoyed by members and by clients as a place of beauty in which to enjoy a pre-lunch or dinner drinks reception. It is also a haven for birds and several species can be seen enjoying the magnificent plane tree as a place to perch and forage for food. This year we are again fortunate that one pair has chosen the tree, or more specifically the ivy around the tree, in which to nest. It has happened before but cannot be counted upon each year. This year we have noticed them quite early on and will be watching to see how they get on.
At the Master & Wardens meeting on Monday, 15 May 2017 five people were made free of the Company. They were (from L-R in the photo): Mark Cole, Senior Partner - Bright Grahame Murray, Laura Dietz, Senior Lecturer- Anglia Ruskin University, Simon Fox, Chief Executive Officer - Trinity Mirror plc, Elizabeth Gill – Freelance Journalist and Philip Swinden, Managing Director - Haymarket Media Group Limited. Our congratulations go to them all and we look forward to seeing them at forthcoming events at the Hall.
At the Charter Dinner, as happens each year, the Paper Industry Gold Medal was presented to someone who is at the heart of the Paper Industry. This year is was awarded to Liveryman Martyn Eustace of Two Sides for his unrelenting work on behalf of paper. The Under Warden (pictured below) read out the following citation.
Kim Scott Walwyn was a Publishing Director at Oxford University Press and died in 2002 - much too early. In her memory this prize is awarded to exceptional women in publishing.
Yesterday saw the long-awaited opening of the Digital Media Centre at Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. This was a very proud moment for the Company; for those who have worked to bring the project to fruition and for those who have donated money, equipment and furniture.
On the same day as the Stationers' Digital Media Centre was opened at SCWA the University of Reading announced the discovery of a rare page of Caxton's print. Judging from the story on the BBC (click here to read in full) the tiny scrap has been about a bit and been unloved and unrecognised for its real worth for many, many years.