Freeman Roger Jeal reports:
On 3 August Past Master Helen Esmonde promised her Guildhall Library audience a high-speed journey from the quill to the search engine and was true to her word.
In a lively third and final lecture to accompany the Stationers’ summer exhibition, ‘Stationers not Stationary’, Helen progressed smoothly via a “first revolutionary Stationer”, printer William Caxton, the burning of “naughty books”, the ‘Wicked Bible’ and the rescue of our book registers in a wheelbarrow to Vint Cerf, one of the “Fathers of the Internet” and her “second revolutionary Stationer”.
Along the way we learned of plans for extensive redevelopment of our Hall, support for digital literacy in schools, the threat of cybercrime and much more.
Helen stressed the importance of apprenticeships, now as in the Middle Ages, with a large-scale apprenticeship event scheduled for next year.
To read Helen’s lecture in full please click here.