Lots of our new Freemen, not just those who aspire to the Livery, go on to Guildhall, after their freedom ceremonies here at the Hall, to apply for Freedom of the City which is an essential step on the way to becoming a Liveryman. Murray Craig is Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court and he, and his Deputy, Laura Miller (a Freeman of the Company) will be familiar to all those who are made Free of the City. But what does the Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court do? We asked Murray who is seen in the photo with one of his more famous new Freemen!
The Stationers’ Company is passionate about Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy and members will be very keen to know more about you, your way of thinking and your plans...
Q: What was it about teaching that first made you think "That’s the career for me!"?
A: To be honest I'd planned to become a Lawyer, or a modern Russian Historian. I decided upon a PGCE after my History degree so that I could teach and earn a living, whilst I learnt Russian and sought further qualifications. However, pretty much instantly when I began
Written by Past Master Kevin Dewey
Fig 1 - An indenture certificate dating back to 1857, binding Patrick Meehan to William Vernon and Ludolf Mellin as apprentice for 5 years. Patrick amongst other things promises not to ‘haunt taverns, inns or ale houses’. In return he would have received a training at the ‘Goulburn Chronical and Southern Advertiser’ in New South Wales for a princely, then sum of 7/6p per week for the first year rising to 25/- in the fifth year.
Written by Court Assistant Tim Connell
“As good almost kill a Man as kill a good Book” (Milton)
In his Areopagitica of 1644, John Milton put forward a passionate case for freedom of expression and the right to publish without hindrance. He himself was in some danger at the time of the Restoration when his books were burnt outside the Old Bailey, and removed from university libraries. It is a danger which has flared up at different times and in different parts of the world both before and since, and to this day people take enormous risks either to get a story or to publish an opinion which is not in line with standard orthodoxy.
In the late 18th century the Hall was refaced due to problems with the structure of the building such as the bulging on the outside of the walls. This was recognised by Robert Mylne, the Company Surveyor. The Court decided that this was also a good time to enhance the appearance of the Hall therefore round headed windows were installed, slates replaced the roof tiles and a new doorway was built.
Six plaques cast from coade stone on the frieze of the Hall were also added during this period. These cannot be easily seen as they are very high up!
British master papermaker James Cropper, owning the only facility in the UK capable of recycling standard coffee cups, recently featured on BBC One’s War on Waste. Because of Liverymen Sir James and Mark Cropper's involvement we asked the company to comment. Richard Burnett, Market Development Manager from James Cropper, now explains their role in the supply chain.
Over its six hundred years the Company has reflected English society and much of its iconography is therefore deeply religious. The Hall played a specific role in the translation of the Bible from Latin to English. It should be no surprise therefore that there are religious references throughout the Hall. Today, again mirroring society, the Company does not focus on any one religion and is happy to have members of all persuasions and none!
Over the years the Stationers’ Company has invited 27 people who have contributed significantly to the communications and content industries to become Honorary Freemen and Liverymen of the Company.
Flashes and Flames, Colin Morrison reports:
Stories about the reinvention of daily newspaper companies are often not what they seem. They tend to involve traditional media groups not so much investing in the future of news as placing their bets somewhere else entirely.