Bettine Pellant, CEO, PICON and Liveryman of the Stationers' Company outlines the relationship between PICON and the Company and how each benefits the other.
While the Stationers’ Company has its roots in history, it has worked very hard over the years to ensure that, unlike many other Livery companies, it remains very relevant to the evolving print industry. One way it does this is by maintaining close links with the industry’s trade associations.
Past Master Ian Locks recently came across an article, which he described as “the most powerful I have read for a long time which describes the history of the last 22 incredible years for the printed media”. It is well worth the read and you can do so by clicking here. With thanks to BoSacks & The Precision Media Group, America's Oldest e-newsletter est.1993.
The Clerk, William Alden, rightly insists on absolute black tie for gentlemen at livery dinners. So it was with some trepidation that I asked if my guest, Mr Julius Mih, could come in colourful African robes! To my delight he readily agreed. For my guest, on his first visit to the UK, this became an amazing experience.
Mentoring at SCWA – an eye-opener.
It seemed like a no-brainer, in 2014. The Company wanted volunteers to start a mentoring scheme at the Academy. I had the time, and after completing the very thorough safeguarding checks, was delighted to be deemed eligible.
Stationers’ Hall has always been a place of debate and today is no exception with our round table events provoking discussion and often presenting two sides of an argument. One recent Digital Media Group event was a presentation on 3D printing and Members may recall the detailed report on the event from Past Master John Waterlow in the April 2017 edition of Stationers’ News. This was just the Company’s latest foray into exploring 3D printing.
Since 2014, Adam Matthew have been working on the digitisation of the Stationers’ Archive. The originals of the digitised items will from now on be handled and consulted less (thus reducing the opportunity for damage and deterioration) but academics, and indeed the public, will be able to refer to the digitised version much more easily. We asked Claudine Nightingale to tell us more about the firm and their work.
It has taken many months but the Company has now reached an agreement with the Diocese of London to manage the Church of St Martin within Ludgate.This beautiful church stands close to the site of the west gate (Ludgate) in the Roman and medieval city walls of the city of London. It is dedicated to St Martin of Tours, who was a soldier and a patron saint of beggars thanks to the story that he cut his cloak in two in order to share it with a freezing beggar.
Members will be aware that the Company has an Honorary Almoner. The Almoner, like many of those who work within the committees of the Company, undertakes the role for three years and last summer Mike Clark took over from Robert Sanger. Big shoes to fill indeed! We asked Mike about the work he does and initially to give an overview of the almoner's role.
Liveryman Paddy Belton is a journalist working for, amongst others, the BBC, Standard and Poor and the Spectator. His specialist fields include technology, economics, banks, cybersecurity, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Arab world, Northern Ireland, UK and Irish politics, paramilitaries, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Hamas, scoundrels, rogues, Irish fiction and even the odd theatre review.
We are all becoming increasingly aware of how the internet can allow us to remotely control our heating systems or how cars can be guided to their destinations without the need for drivers etc., but these are just the tip of the IoT iceberg! We are grateful to Liverymen Janet Bell and Steve Hilleard of OPI for permission to link through to Michelle Sturman’s fascinating article.