Copy by Freeman Francesca Albini
On 23 May a group of Stationers had the rare opportunity to visit the Paul Getty Library at Wormsley, in the Chiltern Hills. After being escorted through the idyllic estate, which includes what is said to be one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world, we reached the building that houses the Library – a castellated extension to the main house built with local flint, which fits seamlessly in its environments.
Many congratulations to Past Master Nick Steidl whose image "Vague form 1" has been selected for the 2019 Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition. Nick writes:
At the Master and Wardens' meeting on 20 May 2019 the Master brought two new Freemen into the Company. They were (from L-R in the photo):
Sam Woods a Director of Acclaim Handling Limited and
Sidonie Warren a Director of Papersmiths.
We congratulate them on their new status as Freemen of the Company and look forward to welcoming them to events at the Hall
Mike Paterson, Director of London Historians, has written a blog about the once proposed livery hall for the Company of Newspaper Makers. You can read the blog here. Members will remember that an image of how the building was going to look was used as part of the promotional material for this year's Archive Evening which Mike attended. It is a stunning image of what would have been a stunning building and worth showing again here!
The Hall was absolutely full for the Charter Dinner which took place on 1 May 2019. This annual event which celebrates the granting of the Royal Charter in 1557 always features a guest speaker and this year was no exception with Christian May, Editor in Chief of City AM (see photo), addressing members and their guests. This year the Company was also absolutely delighted to welcome the CCF unit from Stationers' Crown Woods who provided the carpet guard - the first of many such visits we hope.
On Tuesday, 30 April the Stationers' Company was delighted to welcome the London Press Club to the Hall for their annual awards' ceremony. Many Stationers will already know that Court Assistant Doug Wills is their Chairman, and indeed we have many members in common. It was therefore good to see the Hall, which we think of as the heart and the home of the Communications and Content Industries being used for such a wonderful event. The icing on the cake was their special guest Sir David
We are very much looking forward to 28 May 2019 when the winner of the Kim Scott Walwyn Prize will be announced at Stationers' Hall. This prize, founded in 2003 in honour of Kim Scott Walwyn, former Publishing Director of OUP, recognises the professional achievements and promise of women who have worked in the UK publishing industry for up to seven years. Our congratulations go to those on the shortlist the full details of which can be read here.
Members are reminded to log in and click through to the Members Only area to find information about the Lord Mayor's Abseil Challenge in July and the Sheriffs' Ball in September. Both events are in aid of the Lord Mayor's Appeal.
Stationers were out in force at the Visual Media Conference in Leeds on 16 April.
Curated by Liveryman Robert McClements as President of the Creative Digital Industries, a Special Interest Group of the BPIF, the Visual Media Conference is an annual event with the same objectives as Stationers’ Digital Media Group. It is a free to attend celebration of all aspects of content and
The Hall was full and buzzing last night as members and their guests eagerly awaited two presentations relating to the Stationers' Archive and Company history. In the Court Room there was an exhibition of material from the Archive relating to early English newspapers, the career of John Walter II and the