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.
The nomination form for the Stationers' Warrants programme for 2018 is now available online here. Members are encouraged to both nominate their own products that they would want to recommend for a warrant and to spread the word amongst colleagues and contacts about the programme which is open to products from within the Communications and Content Industry. For details of the programme and previous winners please visit our Stationers' Warrants page, here. Nominations must be received by 16 June 2017.
On Wednesday, 3 May 2017 members of the Company celebrated in their usual fashion (with great food, wine, an entertaining speaker and convivial fellow diners) the awarding of the Company's charter of incorporation in 1557. This year the guest speaker was Lord Archer of Weston-super-Mare and as a memento of the evening the Master gave him a copy of The Stationers' Company - a History of the Later years 1800-2000 which was edited by the Honorary Archivist Emeritus, Robin Myers.