Liverymen with an interest in the history of London should be aware of two eminent societies devoted to the subject, and to the publishing of source material to aid in its study.
The London Record Society is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Founded in 1964 to publish transcripts, abstracts and lists of the primary sources for the history of London, and generally to stimulate interest in archives relating to London, the Society aims to publish a volume a year. The volumes, many of which have related to livery companies, appear in hard covers, and are carefully prepared by specialists in their subject. Members receive a complimentary copy of the Society's annual publication, together with special discounts on previous publications. The Society also holds an annual public lecture (usually in October) dealing with an aspect of London archives.
The London Topographical Society is somewhat older, having been founded in 1880. It concentrates on publishing books and sheet material illustrating the history, growth and topography of London of all periods. For more than a century the Society has remained true to the vision of its founders by making available maps, plans and views, and by publishing research, to assist the study and appreciation of London. For example, in 2010 the LTS published London Displayed - Headpieces from the Stationers' Company Almanacks by Ralph Hyde.
Members receive the Society's annual publication (occasionally there are two in a year), a spring and autumn newsletter, and a 25% discount on past publications. The AGM is always a popular and lively affair, held each year in a different historical building in London.
Basic membership of both Societies is currently only £18 per annum.