Types for the New Century Exhibition
Members will be delighted to know that the 'Types for the New Century' exhibition, which was curated for the Stationers' Company by Will Hill of Anglia Ruskin University, and which launched at the Hall in 2012 has been travelling around the UK and Europe and is currently at the National Print Museum in Dublin until 19 November. The Irish Times has a video clip which you can access by clicking here.
New Members' Evening - Monday, 27 October 2014
After the two ceremonies (see other items for this date) the Hall filled with the new Freemen and Bursary Recipients, their parents and friends, who celebrated their success together with members of the Company and potential new members. There were about 150 people gathered around to hear the Master welcome them and talk a little about his life in the Company. Trevor Fenwick, Chairman of the Membership Development Committee also spoke and hoped that those who were considering membership would, as he had done, "get it", meaning that he saw how useful ,in all sorts of ways, membership could be and very importantly, how much fun! Then Caroline Kimbell, who had been made free of the Company last April, spoke of her 20 year journey to membership starting with her choral performances in the Hall at St Cecilia-tide, continuing through various appearances as a speaker at archive events and finally her pleasure at having become a member. Potential members should note that it doesn't normally take 20 years to get through the membership process! It was a lively and fun evening and resulted in several membership application packs being despatched. In the image above taken by Sophie Panteli you can see Caroline at the Lectern.
Bursary Recipients receive their certificates - Monday, 27 October 2014
In a ceremony preceding the New Members' Evening 2014 Bursary Recipients were presented with their certificates. They have, of course, all started their courses and we were delighted that they could find the time to come to the Hall which up to now had simply been the venue for their bursary interview. Now they are beginning to feel as if they belong here and it was good to see them exchanging notes with the 2013 bursary recipient cohort. In the photo above, taken by Sophie Panteli , you can see, from left to right, Victoria Haddock (MA in Conservation, Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London), Annabelle Letten (MA in Multimedia Journalism, Centre for Journalism, University of Kent), Tavian Hunter (MA in Library and Information Studies, University College, London), Rose Henry (MA in Publishing Studies, City University, London), Claire Healy (MA in Digital Media, Goldsmiths, University of London) the Master, Salma Haidrani (MA in Magazine Journalism, City University, London), Sally Boulton (MA in Publishing, Oxford Brookes University), Lucy Roberson (MA in Publishing, (Anglia Ruskin University), Benjamin Goulder (MA in Publishing, London College of Communication, University of the Arts London), Andrew Scofield (MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism, University of Westminster).
Freedom Ceremony - Monday, 27 October 2014
The Company was delighted to welcome 16 new Freemen last night at a Freedom ceremony which preceded the New Members' Evening. 14 of the new Freemen were the 2013 Bursary Winners who have now completed their Masters degrees and the other two are both lecturers so it was appropriate for them to be included in this ceremony which was very education -based. In the image above taken by Sophie Panteli you can see, from left to right, Molly Taylor (MA in Publishing, London College of Communication, University of the Arts), Oliver Griffin (MA in Magazine Journalism, City University, London), Scott Gallagher (MA in Photojournalism, University of Westminster), Sarah Hayes (MA in Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management, Kings College, London), Mary Ann Kernan (Programme Director Publishing Studies, City University), Libby Earland (MA in Publishing Studies, City University, London), Jon Screaton (MA in Packaging Design, Sheffield Hallam University), Aislinn O'Connell (post-graduate research student at University College London researching the commercial and economic case for copyright), the Master, Mark Bland (Senior Lecturer in English, De Montfort University), Charlotte Marriott (MA in Conservation, Camberwell College of Arts University of the Arts London), Fiona Bradbury (MA in publishing Oxford Brookes University), Falk Busse (MA in Digital Media, Goldsmiths, University of London), Charlotte Middleton (MA in Library and Information Studies University College, London), Rebecca Wojturska (MA in Publishing, Anglia Ruskin University), Robin Harrison (MA in Packaging Design, Sheffield Hallam University) and Max Benwell (MA in Magazine Journalism, City University, London). Congratulations to them all and we look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall very soon.
David Meara's Farewell Dinner - Tuesday 21 October 2014
The Hall filled with the friends, colleagues and fellow liverymen of the venerable David Meara last night for a dinner to celebrate his retirement from St Bride's and to wish him well. The Master (who has blogged aboutthe event - click here to read) presented David with a copy of the book of graces which has been compiled from all those he wrote for Stationers' events (see the image above in which the Master is on the left, his wife, Valerie Locks in the centre and David Meara on the right)) and Vyvyan Harmsworth, Immediate Past Master of the Guild of St Bride, presented him with an engraved wine coaster. It was a very happy evening especially as we are sure to see our liveryman at the Hall again in the future and therefore it was not an absolutely final goodbye!
IPso FACTo - Monday, 20 October
Monday 20 October 2014 - Freedom Ceremony
There was a Freedom ceremony here at the Hall today. It was slightly unusual in that the Master and Wardens met especially for the ceremony and the new Freemen then went on, as guests of the Company, to join in with the Livery lunch. A further point of interest was the fact that Chloe Mountford – a Project Administrator at Bristol Airport, was made Free by Patrimony (most people are made free by Redemption) as her father, Rodney Mountford, was a liveryman at the time of her birth. Chloe can be seen on the far left of the image and then from left to right are: Frank Demarteau – Sales and Marketing Director with Jalema BV, Dr Glyn Jones – Publisher, Social Science Books with Elsevier Ltd, Tim Elliott – Chairman of Elliott Baxter & Company Ltd, Nadia Weekes - Development Editor, Energy and Environmental Publishing with Haymarket Group Ltd and Robin Esser - Consultant Executive Managing Editor at The Daily Mail. Congratulations to them all and we look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall.
Cloathing Ceremony - 7 October 2014
We were delighted to welcome six new members into the Livery at the Court meeting on 7 October. They were (from left to right in the image above): Philip Allan, David Devoto, Andrea Carr, Nigel Southey, Steven Crocker and Reginald Eccles. As well as saying a few words of welcome to them at the ceremony the Master was able to greet them at the Court Dinner to which they were all invited and David Devoto responded on their behalf.Freedom Ceremony - 7 October 2014
Very unusually, the Court meeting of 7 October saw a Freedom ceremony (normally performed at Master and Wardens' meetings) when Henry Tann, who was bound as a Bookbinding apprentice to Dr Douglas East four years ago, was made free of the Company by servitude. In the image you can see Henry signing the declaration of a Freeman. Standing just behind him is ~Liveryman Dr Douglas East, Henry sarted bookbinding whilst at Westminster School and is currently in his final year of undergraduate studies at Oxford.
The Sheep Drive on London Bridge - 5 October 2014
On Sunday 5 October, Robert Sanger and Reg Eccles (with massed grandchildren) separately followed the ancient and honourable tradition of driving sheep over London Bridge. Robert reports that this was a quite extraordinary experience. The right was granted to Freemen in the 12th Century, allowing them to avoid paying the heavy wool taxes on the flock. The Sheep Drive now raises a lot of money for charity. As well as photos of the Eccles family you can also see Robert's certificate signed by the Lord Mayor.
200 + Club Winners for September 2014
1st Prize Claud Potter
2nd Prize Martin White
3rd Prize Brian Homerton
4th Prize Phoebe Fagan
5th Prize Gerald Connolly
This was the first formal event of the Company year and attendees enjoyed both the speech by Court Assistant Michael Binyon, (seen above in the right hand photo) and, what was for many, a new ritual - dabbing rose water behind the ears. Apparently by dipping the corner of a table napkin into the rose water (see left hand photo) and patting behind the ears, the nerves in this region are stimulated. Those nerves are connected to the digestive organs which are consequently 'soothed'. Suitably soothed, guests settled to listen to, and be fascinated by, Michael's speech which covered his time on the Times Foreign Desk including insights into the Hitler Diaries affair, Russia in Breshnev's time and the fall of the Berlin Wall! Photos by Sophia Panteli. Read more in the Master's blog.
Menin Gate ceremony, Ypres, - Saturday, 20 September
Further to last Friday's news, as you can see from the left hand photo above, Liverymen Alison Strachan and Padraig Belton did meet the Master at the Menin Gate, Ypres, on Saturday, 20 September. Ali and Paddy, who had cycled from London, got there just in time for the ceremony which (as you can see from the second photo on the right) was amazing with several hundred people crowded around) and they laid the wreath for the Stationers. Ali and Paddy (plus accompanying Young Stationers) were also raising funds for the Wiltshire Barn Project (click here to donate http://www.bmycharity.com/CycleYpres) and the British Legion (click here to donate https://www.justgiving.com/OperationYpres).
2014 being the centenary of the start of the Great War there are many acts of remembrance taking place all over Europe, indeed the WW1 Evocation event her at the Hall earlier this month was in its way one of them. Another which will feature the Company is about to start with Liverymen Pádraig Belton and Alison Strachan together with a group from the Young Stationers setting out to ride their bikes from London to Ypres this weekend. They will be fundraising for two very relevant and worthy causes. The first is the Wiltshire Barn project which is supported by the Stationers' Foundation and is a social enterprise charity for veterans of all three Services. It uses the therapeutic qualities of craft bookbinding to assist casualty rehabilitation and to develop employment opportunities. To support the cyclists and their endeavours on behalf of this charity click here http://www.bmycharity.com/CycleYpres to donate. The other charity is the Royal British Legion and the page for donations to that great cause can be made by clicking here https://www.justgiving.com/OperationYpres.
The cyclists will be meeting up with the Master and his wife to lay a wreath at the Menin gate in Ypres. Upper Warden, Helen Esmonde, has asked them to look out for the name of her Great Uncle, Captain Jack Harold-Barry, which is inscribed on the Menin Gate and any other Stationers with relatives remembered on the Gate are invited to email the details to Paddy Belton on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Digital Media Group, Building an Effective Modern Website - 15 September 2014
The DMG met last night with over 50 attendees seeking to understand how to make the most of websites. Liveryman James Duckenfield moderated the panel of experts: James Smith from Zenith Apps, Eamonn O'Neill from NewField IT, Andreas Voniatis from Alchemy Viral and Petra Diener from NewField IT. Liveryman Annie Hotton made great use of the Twitter hashtag #stationersdmgwebsites and tweeted throughout. From now on all events will have a dedicated hashtag so you can search what was being tweeted at the time! The Company is, of course, working on its own new website and the Clerk listened to all the speakers with great interest and got some useful tips especially about letting outsiders look at the site before going live!
Welcome to Lord Black of Brentwood - Monday 15 September 2014
At a Freedom Ceremony this morning before the Master and Wardens' committee, Lord Black of Brentwood was made Free of the Company. Lord Black, an Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group, is an old friend of the Stationers' Company having been, amongst other things, a great supporter of the Shine School Media Awards. We look forward to welcoming him to the Hall even more frequently now!
City in Bloom 2014
News of two conferences in November
This month's (July) SHOUT for 200+Club was held at the Royal Marines 350 Anniversary Drumhead Service at Artillery Ground, Bunhill Fields, London
1st Prize - Julie Pickering
2nd Prize - Stanley Vaughan
3rd Prize - Christopher Bell
4th Prize - Alex Hull
5th Prize - Patricia Deacon
Congratulations to Trevor Fenwick and to Euromonitor International
Freedom Ceremony - Monday 14 July 2014
The Master was required to work hard at his first Freedom ceremony today when eleven people were made Free of the Company. They were (from left to right in the photo above) Paul Musgrove, Managing Director, Nectere; Serena Musgrove, Company Secretary, Nectere; Mahmoud Warriah, CEO, Linden Business Development; David Rosewell, Director, Chars Display Ltd; Havard Hughes, Senior Public Affairs Associate, Financial Conduct Authority; Bill Vickery, Managing Director, V3Print; Lt Col Leona Barr-Jones, Director of Barr-Jones Associates; Tristen Hinds, Business Consultant at Prima Business Control Software Ltd; Christopher Tonge, Sales and Marketing Director, Ultimate Packaging Ltd; Michael Bettinson; Partner, Cole and Company, Chartered Accountants and Simon Larard, European Sales Director, Floortex Ltd. Congratulations to them all and we look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall very soon.
Stationers' Golfing Prowess
Congratulations to Liveryman Keith Woodley OBE
1st Prize - Frank Dobson
2nd Prize - Brian Attwood
3rd Prize - Jeremy Ryman
4th Prize - Clifford Jakes
5th Prize - Sir James Cropper
Master's Installation - Tuesday,1 July 2014
Innovation Excellence Awards - Monday, 30 June 2014
Vision 2020 - Monday, 30 June 2014
Royal visitor sees best of British printing at Barnard & Westwood
Richard Johnson Lunch - Tuesday, 3 June 2014
National Stationery Week- A great success
200 + Club Winners for May 2014
1st Prize Keith Hutton
2nd Prize Nigel Wass
3rd Prize Gerald Hill
4th Prize James Richardson
5th Prize Jean Behn
Advance Warning of the Visual Media Conference in Leeds on 25 June 2014 - Five Free Tickets for Members
Freedom Ceremony - Monday, 12 May 2014
Advance Notice of the Annual Sheep Drive across London Bridge on 5 October 2014
The Clerk of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen has written to say that this year's Sheep Drive across London Bridge for charity will be on Sunday 5 October 2014. Full details can be found by clicking here Members' Notice Board. Photographs from last years event can be seen at www.sharpphoto.co.uk . All proceeds will be divided between the Lord Mayor's Appeal and the Worshipful Company of Woolmen's Charitable Trust. Freemen should consider taking part in this fun event. Participants will receive a certificate confirming that they have exercised their rights in line with current tradition.
After the excitement of the Queen's visit to the Hall it was good to continue the festive feelings into the evening when Liverymen and their guests gathered to celebrate the granting of the Company's Royal Charter by Mary Tudor in 1557. This is one of the major formal dinners in the Company year and it was a wonderful occasion. David Dinsmore, Editor of The Sun, was the Speaker (click here to read his speech). He ended by proposing the toast to the Master, Wardens and Trades of the Guild. Helen Esmonde, under Warden, responded. This was the Under Warden's first formal speech on behalf of the Company and by all accounts it was a great success. The photos above were taken by Sophia Panteli.
Wednesday, 7 May 2014 - Her Majesty the Queen visits Stationers' Hall
200 + Club Winners for April 2014
1st Prize Jeremy Lowe
2nd Prize Nicholas Steidl
3rd Prize Tim Connell
4th Prize Kenneth Wilson Beales
5th Prize Geraldine Allison
Digital Media Round-table - Monday, 14 April 2014
Forthcoming Exhibition by Court Assistant Nick Steidl and Louise Steidl, 3-7 June 2014
Tuesday, 1 April 2014 - Cloathing of seven new Liverymen
200 + Club Winners for March 2014
Elaine Pooke reports that the March "Shout" was taken at the Cakes & Ale Lunch at Stationers' Hall
Monday, 17 March 2014 - New Members' Evening
Monday, 17 March 2014 - Dorothy Saul-Pooley installed as Master of the Honorable Company of Air Pilots
10-14 March 2014 - Radio 4, Publishing Lives
IPG Annual Conference 2104 - Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 February 2014
Many of you will have been surprised by today's news that Tim Cobbold has resigned as CEO of De La Rue. He is moving to be CEO at UBM but not until 29 March so he will still deliver the Annual Lecture on Monday, 10 March 2014. His subject will be Exporting for Britain: De La Rue's Experience. There is still time to book your ticket for either the Reception and Lecture (from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm) or the Reception, Lecture and Dinner (6.00 pm to 10.00 pm) which you can do by clicking here.
200 + Club Winners for January and February 2014
Elaine Pooke reports that January 's "Shout" was taken at the Lord Mayor's Show Participation Sub-Committee held at Stationers Hall
1st Prize: Norman Revill
2nd Prize: Helen Bell
3rd Prize: Kit Van Tulleken
4th Prize: Clive McKeogh
5th Prize: Mr I Harrap
and that February 's "Shout" was taken at the Digital Forum Event on 3D Printing at Stationers Hall
1st Prize: Janet Young
2nd Prize: Geoffrey Baker
3rd Prize: Richard Haselden
4th Prize: Jani Levänen
5th Prize: Robert Sanger
Monday 10 February 2014 - DMG 3D Printing Roundtable Event
Wednesday, 5 February 2014 - Staff Training
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - a New Court Assistant and a Cloathing
Tuesday, 28 January 2014 - Stationers return from the slopes
The Stationers’ Ski Team returned from the fifth annual Inter Livery Ski Championships in Morzine this weekend in great spirits…but with no silverware to show for their efforts.
This was the fourth time the Stationers had fielded a team and this year nine Liverymen and Freemen took part: Martin Woodhead (Captain), William Brewster, Richard Brewster, Trevor Fenwick, Stephen Enthoven, Oliver Gadsby, Ian Locks, Rodney Mountford and John Waterlow.
Despite not picking up a prize, the team put up a valiant effort and came back with heads held high, and plans already in place to wrestle back gongs from the Vintners Company next year. The speedy Vintners dominated the event and even picked up the Stationers’ Prize – an alpine teddy bear named ‘Lucky’, awarded to the fastest team of three, with an aggregate age over 200.
Commenting on the competition, team captain Martin Woodhead said: “I am immensely proud of the team’s achievements, not only this year, but since we first raced back in 2011. Since then we’ve grown the team, won awards and won friends on the slopes. Unfortunately this year we haven’t got anything to show for it other than many happy memories; but we look forward to welcoming more skiers to our ranks in future and urge anyone interested to give it a go! It’s great fun and your company needs you!”
Aspiring team members should contact Martin if they are interested or want to find out more. email@example.com
Stop Press: Martin Woodhead reports that the numbers have been crunched since Will Brewster filed the report above and the skiing Stationers actually DID win some medals.... in fact seven between them! The top honour went to Oliver Gadsby who won a Silver medal in the Slalom AND a Bronze in the Giant Slalom. However, congratulations are due to all for competing so well on the Company's behalf.
Monday, 27 January 2014, Trade Association Lunch
We were delighted to welcome representatives from some 15 Trade Associations to the Hall today for the first Trade Association Lunch of 2014. There was plenty of time to network and discuss matters of common interest in small groups before the lunch and then, over pudding and coffee, Tony Mash, our TA Liaison, introduced subjects for discussion round the table including an up-date on the copyright debate from Kevin Fitzgerald (CLA) and Jon Griffin (PLS) and on the energy crunch from David Workman (CPI). There was lots of input on lobbying from all round the room and finally Ian Locks introduced the Innovation Excellence Awards which will take place in June. A very happy and interesting session at which everyone learned something!
In the photo above you can see David Workman of CPI (on the Clerk's right), the Clerk, Kathy Woodward of BPIF, Sidney Bobb of BAPC, Chris Pateman of FCS, Mike Hancock, Tom Bowtell of BCF, Ian Locks, Jon Griffin of PLS, Edward Milford of IPG, Tony Mash, David Newell of The Newspaper Publishing Association, John De Little of PBA, Benji Inwood, with his back to the camera, of The Advertising Association, Max Walker of IPIA, Dick Searle of the Packaging Federation, John Paine of PBA, and Tim Webb, half hidden, of PICON.
Wednesday, 22 January 2014 - National Calendar Awards
The Company was delighted to welcome the National Calendar Awards back to the Hall last Wednesday. As ever the variety of calendars nominated for a wide range of awards was extraordinary and went from the 50th Anniversary Pirelli Calendar, which was large, to a small One Exercise a Day box calendar suitable for a desk. There were sweet animals, gorgeous trees, classic vehicles (including JCBs!), food and many other subjects, all in calendar form. Especially interesting were the design ideas for calendars from students. Andrew Castle of tennis, GMTV and Strictly Come Dancing fame was the Speaker and guests very much enjoyed his humour. They were also delighted to see Liveryman Pat Batley's service to the National Calendar Awards specifically recognised (in the photo above you can she her on the left receiving a bouquet from Gary Beck) and to see Gary Beck receive a Lifetime Achievement AWard. Gary was one of the founders of Calendar Club in 1997 and recently sold its holding company, Otter House Group, to a management team.
Monday, 13 January 2014 - Freedom Ceremony
Thursday, 9 January 2014 - CEOs' Dinner
Thursday, 2 January 2014 - Court Assistant the Right Reverend Stephen Platten to move south
Tuesday, 10 December 2013 - Young Stationers' Christmas Dinner
Elaine Pooke reports that December's "Shout" was taken at the Members' Christmas Lunch.
1st Prize: Nigel Wass
2nd Prize: Diana Mayze
3rd Prize: Sarah Blair Oliphant
4th Prize: Eddie Deacon
5th Prize: Lady Phyllis Elwes
News from the Wiltshire Barn Project which is supported by the Stationers' Foundation
On 1 November the Princess Royal visted the Wiltshire Barn project, a craft-based training and employment enterprise for wounded veterans which the Stationers' Foundation supports. This charity is the creation of Jonathan Powell in collaboration with Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd. Princess Anne was able to present Terry De'Ath with his City & Guilds certificate in Bookbinding. He is the the first of the veterans at the project to gain this qualification. Please click here to read the item in full and view all the pictures. In the picture above you can see, from left to right, Margaret Walker, City & Guilds Course Assessor; Nick Steidl, Chairman of the Stationers' Foundation, Helen Esmonde, Upper Warden of the Stationers' Company and Giles Woodhouse, Manager of Tedworth House Recovery Centre, meeting the Princess.
2nd Prize: Andrea Davis
3rd Prize: David Allan
4th Prize: Alan Hewitt
5th Prize: Peter Wynn
Monday, 11 November 2013 - Freedom Ceremony
Sunday, 10 November 2013 - Remembrance Day
Saturday, 9 November 2013 - The Lord Mayor’s Show 2013
Thursday, 7 November 2013 - News from the House of Commons
Thursday, 31 October 2013 - Lunch at Merchant Adventurers' Hall
The Compositor in London - the Rise and Fall of a Labour Aristrocracy - A St Bride Library Publication
St Bride Library is pleased to announce the publication of Dr I Cannon's new title, The Compositor in London - the Rise and Fall of a Labour Aristocracy which will certainly take its place in the literature of printing history. This book holds interest for social historians, sociologists, and all who research the story of print; it answers the questions as to who the compositor was and why he held such a special place in this history. The compositor was once a key worker with an unusually high status and his craft helped to shape our culture; he belonged to a defined occupational community with its own customs. In the nineteen fifties compositors formed the largest group of craftsmen in the printing industry but the occupation could not survive the radical technological changes of the twentieth century. For more details about the book, the author and how to buy it please click here. For more details of the St Bride Foundation of which the Library is part, please click here
1st Prize: Alan Brooker
2nd Prize: Freddie Fagan
3rd Prize: Brian Homerton
4th Prize: Robin Myers
5th Prize: Mrs Tyrrwhit Drake
September's "Shout" was taken at the Livery Autumn Dinner held at Stationers' Hall.
2nd Prize: Peter Gell
3rd Prize: William Jones
4th Prize: Russell Spencer
5th Prize: Martin Perkins
Monday, 21 October - Digitising Archives a DMG Event
News of Paddy Belton's successful run the length of Ireland
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 - Gutter Clearing
Many Stationers will remember the unslightly mark on the front wall of the Hall when very heavy and prolonged rain late last year became too much for the pipework. Today Carl Gilbert and Paul Aouati used the newly acquired safety system, installed around the roof as part of the Summer Works, to go on to the roof and clear the guttering. This will help keep the downpipes free to take the rain thus avoiding further staining (the earlier stain has now been cleaned and the Hall looks much better!) . Giles Fagan took the photos above the second of which shows more clearly just how high up the Hall Staff were working!
2013 Bursary Recipients at the New Members' Evening
Monday, 14 October 2013 - More Freedom Ceremonies!
Monday, 14 October 2013 - 2012 Bursary Recipients become new Freemen!
Out of Print: Newspapers, Journalism and the Business of News in the Digital Age
Frank Green, CEO of Leigh Academies Trust to be the new Schools Commissioner
It was announced this morning, Thursday, 3 October that Frank Green, Chief Executive of Leigh Academies Trust and pictured above, has been appointed Schools Commissioner. This is excellent news and we offer Frank, who has been so central to the Company's bid to sponsor an academy, our congratulations and best wishes for success in the role which will undoubtedly present a challenge or two! You can read the Department for Education's formal announcement here.
Cloathing - 1 October 2013
The Bookseller Rising Stars 2013 - Congratulations to two Stationers
Many congratulations to Stationers Alex Hardy of Harbottle & Lewis who works in intellectual property law and who is, according to the Bookseller's citation "one of sharpest IP brains in town" (well we knew that!), and Ella Kahn, one of the founders of the Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency which, whilst still a relative newcomer on the scene, is growing very healthily and destined for great things. Both these Stationers were in the Bookseller Rising Stars list for 2013. Alex is on the left and Ella on the right in the image above.
More physical exercise for charity from Pádraig Belton
Liveryman Pádraig Belton is following his Land's End to John o' Groats cycle undertaken last October, by running the length of Ireland this October. He will be running 400 miles from Malin to Mizen, between the 1 and 12 October, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.
There's more information online at www.justgiving.com/RunPaddy, and Paddy would be very grateful for support and donations. There will be a small documentary recorded at a few points along the way, and all Stationers are warmly welcome at the charity dinner after, in the House of Lords on the 18th October (for more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
Paddy thinks he is the first person to attempt to run the length of Ireland solo and unaccompanied - he says he puts it down to not knowing anyone with a car. Naturally, we wish Paddy, who, as can be seen in the photo above, spent a few minutes after the recent Livery Committee Meeting limbering-up in the garden at Stationers' Hall, a safe and successful run.
Tuesday, 17 September 2013 - Welcome to Carl Gilbert, Hall Manager
Carl arrived at the Hall last Monday, 9 September, to take up the role of Hall Manager. His first week was a whirlwind of getting to know the building and working events including the massively important concert with the Hanover Band on his very first day and a wedding anniversary party last weekend! Yesterday we grabbed the chance to get a picture of him. We hope that when you next visit the Hall you will recognise him, introduce yourselves and make him welcome.
Monday, 16 September 2013 - Giles Deacon's London Fashion Week Show
The Hall reverberated to loud music and much coming and going for most of the day but it was good to see the Deacon team back at Stationers' Hall. There is lots of coverage of the show in the Daily Mail online, the Independent and Grazia - not much mention of the beautiful setting but we can admire it in these great photos taken by Michelle Whitfield! There were several well-known fashion names at the show including Cara Delevingne on the catwalk and Lily Allen (seen in the Hall in the orange coat in the pictures above), Nick Grimshaw Tamara Beckwith, and many more, in the audience. Quite a night!
Private Business of the Year Award - Winner: Euromonitor International Ltd, MD, Trevor Fenwick
Many congratulations to Court Assistant Trevor Fenwick, MD of Euromonitor International on the Company's success in the Private Business Awards 2013. Euromonitor was named Private Business of the Year and Trevor received the award (see picture above) at a glittering ceremony which was attended by George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer. The award was given for innovation and export success and Trevor, in announcing the award to the Euromonitor team the next day, paid tribute to their hard work and excellence. Previous winners have been Dyson and JCB. The picture above shows (l to r) Naga Munchetty, presenter of the awards, Charlie Hoffman, Managing Director, HSBC Private Bank (UK) Ltd.; Trevor Fenwick, Managing Director, Euromonitor International Ltd (winner); Robert Senior, Chairman, Euromonitor International Ltd (winner); Peter Boyles, CEO, HSBC Private Bank; and Ruby Parmar, Partner, PwC, Head of Private Business. For more details about the Awards ceremony and winners in other categories please go to http://www.privatebusinessawards.com/home.
Monday, 16 September 2013 - Freedom Ceremony
Members will remember that in September last year the Master & Wardens' meeting decamped to Cutlers' Hall because we had a London Fashion Week booking for Stationers' Hall. Well it happened again this year which is cause for pleasure all round - a great booking for the Hall (Giles Deacon again for the fashion aficionados) and the chance to visit the beautiful Cutlers' Hall. The new members whose freedom ceremony was held there are (from L to R in the photo above) Chris Jolly, MD of Jolly Learning Ltd; Emma Hartley, a Freelance Journalist; Philip Allen, retired Publisher; Andrea Carr, Managing Director of Rising Stars UK Ltd; Simon Greaves, Financial Journalist and Sailing Correspondent for the FT and Steve Crump, Director of 30 Degrees South. We extend a warm welcome to them and hope to see them at Stationers’ Hall before too long.
Nick Alexander - success in the Lond Distance European Triathlon Championships
As posted earlier in September, on 1 September 2013, Freeman Nick Alexander competed for Great Britain in the European Championships for the Ironman version of the Triathlon. Just finishing upright is quite a feat and these great pictures show him doing so in style! He went on to be admitted to the Freedom of the City a few days later so all in all quite a week for him!
The Hanover Band - Monday 9 September 2013
The Hall, with its gorgeous new floor and splendidly repainted walls in the Reception and Crush Landing areas, resounded to glorious music on Monday, 9 September when the Hanover Band (photo above by Sophia Panteli) performed a programme of music by Mozart. HRH the Duke of Kent was present as was the Lord Mayor whose Appeal Fund shared the proceeds with the Stationers' Foundation. After the concert many stayed on for the Candlelit Dinner in the Court Room. The event was a huge success and thanks must go to Spicers who are one of our Corporate Members, as well as to the Leather Bottle Trust and Berforts Information Press for their sponsorship.
Belated Congratulations to Kevin Fitzgerald CMG
Kevin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive of CLA and a Liveryman, was awarded a CMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June this year. The citation is for services to British economic interests, particularly the promotion of intellectual property internationally and the welfare of British nationals in prison abroad. Members will be familiar with Kevin's work at the CLA. A world authority on the copyright aspects of intellectural property and publishing, Kevin has achieved a concensus on the importance of new economic models for cross-border licensing in the EU, reached an agreement with Indian counterparts and is working on launching an effective collecting society in China......and more! All this contributes hugely to the UK's economy. Members may not, however, be aware of his work as Chairman of Prisoners Abroad which gives such valuable support to prisoners overseas, nor of his leading role in the development of a new primary school in India. Belated, but heartfelt, congratulations Kevin!
200 Plus Club Winners - August 2013
Elaine Pooke reports that August's "Shout" was taken at Guildhall on 27 August at the Freedom of the City Ceremony of a Stationer.
1st Prize: Janet Attwood
2nd Prize: Timothy Green
3rd Prize: Wendy Pegge
4th Prize: Johanna Stapleton
5th Prize: John Waterlow
Stationers' Hall on TV again! Thursday, 22 August 2013
Stationers' Hall, together with Sue Hurley our Archivist and Sam, the Hall Assistant, enjoyed their moment in the limelight last night as, after months of waiting, the episiode of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' featuring Gary Lineker was aired. You can catch it on i-Player here. Watch it all, or go straight to the the part featuring Stationers' Hall from 33 minutes onwards. It will be on i-Player until 9:59PM on Wednesday, 2 Oct 2013 and is worth watching both to see Stationers' Hall looking great and because the stories of Gary's ancestors are poignant.
A Visitor Appreciates Stationers' Hall
Members in the area covered by the West Sussex Gazette will have read the coverage of the installation of Tom Hempenstall (a resident of West Sussex) as Master of the Company. That coverage prompted Sandra Saer to write to the paper with memories of her visit to Stationers' Hall when she represented the late Patrick Moore. His book Within The Glade - poems for children of all ages! was a finalist for The People's Book Prize which is organised by Liveryman Tatiana von Saxe Wilson. Mrs Saer's letter was published in the paper last week. She sat next to Past Master McKane at the Gala Dinner and had really enjoyed hearing all about the history of the Hall. She was particularly struck by the Court Room fireplace, in front of which the photo above was taken.
Long Distance Triathlon - Sunday, 1 September 2013
Members will want to wish Nick Alexander (pictured above), a Freeman and MD of Acorn Web Offset, well as he competes for Great Britain in the ETU Long Distance European Triathlon Championships, which will be held in Vichy, France on 1 September. This feat of endurance will involve Nick in a 3.9k swim, 112 mile cycle ride and a marathon run. You may be surprised to know that there is more than one sort of triathlon and this is the 'Ironman' version which is much longer than the triathlon in which the which the Brownlee brothers (Olympic medallists in 2012) compete which is known as a 'Standard or Olympic distance' triathlon!
200 Plus Club Winners - July 2013
Elaine Pooke reports that July's "Shout" was at the the Digital roundtable talk from HP on "The Future of Printing Technology"
1st Prize: Victor Adshead
2nd Prize: David Campbell
3rd Prize: Sandra Hull
4th Prize: Mandy Moore
5th Prize: Michael Wookey
Summer Works - Monday, 5 August 2013
The Summer close-down has well and truly started with a bang - well lots of bangs really! The Hall floor (see photo on right) is being replaced and the Stock Room floor (see photo on left) sanded. Already, as the work has progressed through this first morning the Stock Room floor has begun to look clean and smooth and the colour of the floor is very mellow. In the Hall, as you can see, it is more of a case of it is going to look a lot worse before it gets better! These photos were taken by Sue Carson.
Divine Music for Trumpets and Voices - book your tickets now
We have been contacted by Dr Clare Gifford, the Lady Mayoress, about something to look forward to in September!
’Divine Music for Trumpets and Voices’ is an entertainment in music and words devised by Ben Hoffnung (son of Gerard) and David Blackadder. Simon Russell Beale will play the role Handel, joining forces with a baroque orchestra, a gallery full of trumpets, the Elysian Singers and soloists Sophie Bevan, Christopher Lowrey and Neal Davies.
Proceeds will go to the Lord Mayor’s Appeal.http://www.thelordmayorsappeal.org
Congratulations to Sir David Metcalf
Members will want to join us in congratulating (somewhat belatedly) Liveryman, Professor Sir David Metcalf, who was made a Knight Bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in June 2013. Sir David was honoured for services to UK migration policy.
David Starkey's Music and the Monarchy - BBC 2 Saturday Evenings
Spotted in the first of a series of four programmes presented by David Starkey on Music and the Monarchy was this image of Stationers' Hall! It also appears in the trailer for the programme. As the second programme in the series (Saturday, 27 July) is about Henry Purcell, whose music has been performed at the Hall from the moment he wrote it, we can hope to see more and longer shots of the Hall in all its glory! Click here to find out more about the programme.
The House of Waterlow
Members will be interested to know of a book called The House of Waterlow which is due to be published on 1 August 2013 through Troubador Publishing. The Stationers' Company, which has been served by many Waterlows over the years, is mentioned several times. These include a description of James Waterlow, born 19 April 1790, becoming an apprentice at Stationers' Hall in 1804. Click here for details. Once the book is published it can be obtained from www.troubador.co.uk. We have a copy in the office which can be inspected by prospective purchasers!
News of National Stationery Week
Liveryman Christopher Leonard-Morgan writes that National Stationery Week’s Get Britain Writing campaign in April 2013 reached millions of consumers in the UK and throughout the world with extensive coverage in the national and regional press, consumer magazines and blogs, as well as on radio, websites, Twitter and Facebook…and London taxis. As well as coverage in numerous publications including the Daily Express, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Mirror, Sunday Times, Stylist, Red and Waitrose Weekend, many retailers ran special promotions. Even primary schools got involved and encouraged students to write letters, improve their handwriting and sing songs about stationery! Next year’s National Stationery Week will take place from Monday, 31 March to Sunday, 6 April and for more information go to www.nationalstationeryweek.com.
Congratuatltions to two Bursary Recipients
Congratulations to Emily Robertson (pictured above) a Young Stationer and Bursary Recipient. She has just been in touch with Pàdraig Belton to say that, following her MA in Publishing course at Oxford Brookes funded by the Stationers, she is very excited to let us all know that she will be starting on Monday as an Editorial Assistant at Hodder & Stoughton. Congratulations are also due to Nia Beynon another Bursary Recipient who studied for an MA in Electronic Publishing at City University and who has landed a job with Faber in e-book distribution.
A New Campaign from INCPEN
Jane Bickerstaff, Director of INCPEN (and a Liveryman) has launched a new campaign which shows how packaging helps avoid food waste which everyone knows is a huge environmental disaster – both in developing and developed countries. Even though enough food is grown today to feed the whole population, the problem is either it doesn’t survive the journey to them or it gets wasted when it gets there. Solutions are available - one of the most effective is packaging but it’s often ignored. She says "Have a look at our ‘The Good, The Bad and The Spudly’ campaign to see how packaging helps. So often in the media, packaging is portrayed as having a negative impact on the environment when actually it has a positive impact.
This is our first ever digital-only campaign, and to support it we have launched a Facebook Page and new-look website.
We hope you enjoy the campaign and please do help us to spread the word via Twitter using the hash tag #Spudly." Click the links below to go through to various elents of the INCPEN campaign.
A Great Exhibition - Byron and politics: ‘born for opposition’
Members will be interested to know that King’s College London and the National Library of Scotland have mounted a new collaborative exhibition, Byron and politics: ‘born for opposition’, which is open in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library of King’s College London, Chancery Lane, until 25 September 2013.
Jointly mounted by the John Murray Archive of the National Library of Scotland (many Members will remember that the Senior Curator of the John Murray Archive, David McClay, spoke at the Archive evening in April) and the Foyle Special Collections Library of King’s College London, this exhibition brings together original literary and political manuscripts, private letters, printed editions and personal possessions of the poet, many of them never exhibited in public before. It has been conceived to coincide with the 39th International Byron Conference, held at King’s from 1 to 6 July 2013. On show are over 50 items from the two institutions, together with a number of private loans, which together throw light on the many aspects of Byron’s involvement in politics in Britain, Italy and Greece and on his fascination with the triumphs and failures of his fallen hero, Napoleon Bonaparte. Exhibits include Byron’s own collection of spoils gathered from the battlefield of Waterloo during a visit in 1816; the manuscript and first printed edition of Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage: Canto III (1816); letters from Byron to his friend John Cam Hobhouse and his publisher John Murray II; an early manuscript draft of his parliamentary speech on Roman Catholic emancipation; and his deadly swordstick, a personal effect which recalls both Byron’s lameness and his role as a man of action in the cause of freedom. For details of access and opening hours, please click this link.
Trade Association Lunch - Monday, 8 July 2013
Dr Will Barton, Head of Manufacturing at the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) was the speaker at a lunch held at Stationers' Hall on Monday, 8 July 203 for representatives of the Trade Associations in the Communications and Content Industries. There were 16 TAs represented and as well as hearing about how the TSB helps British companies with innovation, both in terms of science and technology and also in getting business and products to markets. There was plenty of opportunity for discussion and debate. One area of the TSB's offering which seemed of particular interest was their range of 15 Knowledge Transfer Networks of which one is specific to the Creative Industries Click here to find out more about the TSB. In the picture above you can see, from left to right, Tom Bowtell (BCF), Edward Milford (IPG), Dr Will Barton (TSB), Ian Locks (Upper Warden), Kevin Fitzgerald (CLA), Helen Esmonde (Under Warden) and Dick Searle (Packaging Federation).
Master's Installation Party- Tuesday, 2 July 2013
After all the business of the day, and what with rehearsals and Court Meetings and Common Hall it was a very busy day, it was lovely for the Company to be able to relax and celebrate the installation of another new Master. The weather celebrated too and after the threat of rain all day it stayed fine so that we were all able to enjoy the moment....... and the garden. In this photo you can see David Allan, John Waterlow, Louise Steidl, Gillian Allan, Nick Steidl and Camilla Waterlow.
Book Presentations to the Company
The Company has recently been presented with two magnificent and very old books. At their final AGM the Freemen's Association very generously presented John Stow's Survey of London to the Company. This contains amusing anecdotes and descriptions of buildings and customs of London. Depicted on the left of the image above is the entry for the Stationers' Company and Terry Shapland making the presentation to Kevin Dewey. Stow knew the leading antiquarians of his day including Camden whose tome Britannia, a topographical and historical survey of all of Great Britain and Ireland, was presented to the Company by Margaret Rodgers. Margaret is the daughter of Past Master Sidney Hodgson and widow of Court Assistant Rodgers. She and Michael, her son and a Liveryman, attended Common Hall and Kevin Dewey was honoured to accept the volume on behalf of the Company. On the right of the image above you can see one of its glorious pages, a map of Dorset (the book is renowned for being the first of its kind to have county maps), and Margaret and Michael Rodgers with Kevin Dewey.
Master's Installation - Tuesday, 2 July 2013
At a ceremony following Common Hall the outgoing Master's last formal duty is to oversee the installation of the new Master. It is a ceremony which is preceded by the installation of the new Under Warden and Upper Warden and there is much declaring, signing and gown and badge donning but there is a real frisson of excitement as the new Master's badge goes around his neck. The moment was captured in this photo by Andrea Lestrange
Common Hall - Tuesday, 2 July 2013
Freemen and Liverymen gathered on Tuesday, 2 July to attend Common Hall. They were able to read and comment on reports from the various committees and listen to one from the outgoing Master. If you were not able to make Common Hall you can read the various reports by clicking here. (at the time of posting 9 July 2013 - second item down on the Notice Board page). In the photo above you can see from left to right at the table Tom Corrigan (Treasurer), Tom Hempenstall (Upper Warden), Kevin Dewey, (Master), William Alden (Clerk) and Ian Locks (Under Warden).
Shine School Media Awards - Monday, 24 June 2013
What a succesful competition this has become and how delightful it was to see so many enthusiastic and able young people streaming in to Stationers' Hall. They were all eager to see if they had won any one of some 13 categories ranging from Best Newspaper, Best Magazine and Best Online News to Best Community Initiative and Best Photography, via Most Outstanding pupil and Most Inspirational Teacher. From the Company's point of view it was especially good to see so many sponsors and supporters providing workshops on topics as varied as paper, bookbinding and apprenticeships. In the photo above you can see The Court Room absolutely packled with exhibition stands and students - a great sight!
200 Plus Club Winners - June 2013
Elaine Pooke reports that June's "Shout" was at the Shine School Media Awards Lunch on 25 June 2013 at Stationers' Hall.
1st Prize Sarah Blair Oliphant
2nd Prize David Hicks
3rd Prize Toby Marchant
4th Prize Claud Potter
5th Prize Mrs J M Ward
Events in the City of London this summer
There is such a lot going on in the City of London this summer and you can find out about walks, exhibitions, concerts, etc at the Vist the City website. However, one event which looks great fun is the city's first everoutdoor beer festival which will take place on 4 July in Guildhall Yard and you can get 20% off the ticket price when you book online. Click here! Proceeds will go towards the Lord Mayor's Appeal.
Copyright Forum - Monday, 17 June 2013
There was a great turnout from members and guests for the Stationers' Copyright Forum on Monday evening. The first speaker was Sarah Faulder of the Publishers Licensing Society who nobly stood in for Richard Mollet of the Publishers Association (he having been called away to Brussels for an international meeting about copyright!). The second was David Worlock whose publishing track record is incredibly long and who currently co-chairs and manages Outsell’s Executive Programs (Outsell helps publishers and commercial information providers grow their business). Philip Walters (Liveryman) was in the chair. It was obvious that there were points of disagreement especially when the audience was invited to join the debate but the whole evening was interesting, instructive and very good humoured. Click here to read a report. In the photo above you can see from left to right Sarah Faulder, Philip Walters and David Worlock.
Awards and Committees Lunch - Monday, 17 June 2013
Each year at the Awards and Committees lunch the Company recognises the commitment and efforts of the many members who give their time to serving on the committees and work so hard on the Company's behalf. The Master expressed his gratitude to those who were stepping down having completed their terms of office. He also presented two awards. The Francis Mathew Scholarship was presented to Rachael Seculer-Faber who is currently studying for a Graduate Diploma in the Conservation of Books & Library Materials at West Dean College, West Sussex. She plans to attend the Islamic Manuscript Association’s ‘Intensive Introduction to Islamic Codicology’ Short Course, as a first step towards her goal of building a career as a professional Conservator, working across cultural traditions. The award for achievement in the City & Guilds course Diploma in Media Techniques went to Christopher Leach who, as well as producing excellent coursework, was the driving force behind his college radio station! His tutors recount that Christopher has demonstrated consistent commitment, energy and enthusiasm, was always prepared to go the extra mile in his research, writing and presenting and this led to consistently strong pieces of Journalism and many examples of genuine excellence. In the photo above you can see from left to right Rachael, the Master and Christopher.
Freedom Ceremony - Monday, 17 June 2013
At the start of a very busy day at the Hall the Master was pleased to conduct a Freedom Ceremony and welcome two new Freemen. From left to right in the photo above they are Donal Smith who is the Founder of Credit Benchmark and Stewart Barton-Taylor who is Managing Director of Barton Taylor Consulting. We look forward to seeing them at events at the Hall in the near future.
Royal Marines Awards - Tuesday, 4 June 2013
The Hall and the Stock Room were full almost to overflowing for a wonderful lunch following the traditional Bubble service at St Bride's. Stationers and their guests relaxed and enjoyed each others' company. Towarsd the end the Master spoke briefly to thank the Renter Wardens for their service and to make several awards to high achieveng Royal Marines. The Cox Cup, which is awarded to the Royal Marine achieving the highest marks in last year's Combat Intelligence C2 Course, went this year to LCpl Stuart Chalmers. The Stationers' Trophy is awarded to the Royal Marine achieving the highest marks in last year’s Clerks’ and Stores Accountants’ Course at the Commando Training Centre, Lympstone and was awarded this year to Mne Steele Saunders. In the photo above you can see from L to R Sgt Ben Briggs RM, LCp Stuart Chalmers RM, the Master, Maj Simon Reeves RM, Mne Steele Saunders, and Sgt Alan Dodd RM.
Richard Johnson Service - Tuesday, 4 June 2013
St Bride's Church (photo above) was full for the annual Richard Johnson Service and the congregation were inspired by wonderful readings, superb music (including the traditional Bubble Anthem) and a sermon from the Reverend Canon John Fellows (click here to read it in full). The Clerk read out the names of those members who had died in the last year and at the end of the service we all sang the National Anthem to mark 60 years since the Queen's coronation and the fact that she herself was attending a service of thanksgiving that morning in Westminster Abbey. As we left the church the sun was shining and a stream of stationers strolled back up Ludgate Hill for Lunch at the Hall.
New Liverymen Cloathed - Tuesday, 4 June 2013
The day of the Richard Johnson service is always a very busy day at the Hall with a very early start for those who are involved in the Cloathing ceremony as on this occasion the cloathing happens at the beginning of the Court meeting rather than at the end. Therefore 8.30 am this morning saw John Buffoni of Ryedale Group and Robert McClements of Print Yorkshire ready to rehearse. The actual ceremony started promptly at 9.00 am and while the Court then moved on to its business agenda the new Liverymen had their photos taken on the steps......in the sunshine! We welcome them as new Liverymen and look forward to seeing them at the Hall frequently in the future.
The People's Book Prize - Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Stationers' Hall was pleased to be the venue again this year for the annual awards ceremony for the People's Book Prize (the winning books are voted for by the public) which is aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works. Liveryman Tatiana von Saxe Wilson and fellow People's Book Prize Director, Tony Humphreys, welcomed the winners, Patron Frederick Forsythe CBE and other guests including Dermot Murnaghan and Kevin Ashman from BBC 2's Eggheads to the ceremony which was followed by a splendid dinner in the Court Room. You can read more about the winners here. In the photo above you can see from left to right: TPBP Winners: Griselda Heppel (Ante’s Inferno), Tatiana Wilson (TPBP Founder), Eileen Younghusband (One Woman’s War), Frederick Forsyth CBE (TPBP Patron), Tony Humpreys (TPBP Director), Amy Elliott-Smith (A Guide to Becoming Distinctly Average), and William Ayot (E-Mail From the Soul).
Scaffolding at the Hall - May 2013
Following a gas escape from the old flue, work has had to be done on servicing the boilers and installing a new flue. We are all very familiar with the entrance to the Hall and its magnificent frontage but few of us investigate the Caxton Window wall from the outside. Work should be finished on the flues very shortly and if you have time do go and have a look at that noble piece of brickwork!
Super Fast WiFi - Wednesday, 29 May 2013
The incredibly observant amongst those members who have been to the Hall recently may have noticed some odd additions (see the photo above of the back of the PA system desk!) to the fittings and fixtures. Hopefully they are relatively unobtrusive and certainly they have been placed specifically so as to be minimally visible. They are the access points for the super fast (100 MB) WiFi which has just come on-line at the Hall. There is now strong WiFi coverage through out the building which will be highly attractive to certain commercial clients who amongst other things, will be able to broadcast live from their conferences, etc, from now on.
Summer Forum - Tuesday 28 May 2013
As you will be able to see from the photo above the Hall was absolutely packed for an extremely interesting evening held in conjunction with Gresham College. Three distinguished experts presented fascinating ideas on Armageddon in Cyberspace. Ben Hammersley (inset top), currently the Prime Minister's Ambassador to TechCity and Editor at Large of WIRED magazine (UK) amongst many other things, expounded the theory that actually what we all secretly wanted was for the Internet to fail and cause mayhem (Armageddon) and it just is not going to do that! How we use it might cause problems but cyberspace is not going to get too full and fail. Professor Angela Sasse (inset centre), Head of Information Security Research, Director of the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute and Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research at UCL took a view of Armageddon which saw the user pitched against technology and indeed the technologists on the security battlefield. She felt that this particular battle could be done away with if only the technologists recognised what users can realistically cope with in terms of passwords, etc. If systems were not so complicated then we would not compromise the security of our data by, for example, writing down our passwords, etc. Finally Alexander Carter-Silk (inset bottom), Head of Intellectual Property, Technology and Data at Speechly Bircham LLP described several crises caused by IT glitches ranging from the well-known and recent banking failure here in the UK to massive power failure across the whole of the East Coast of America caused in part by a software bug! Not a hugely reassuring note to end on so it was good to have a range of questions from the floor to end with!
Shine School Media Awards - final judging, Monday, 21 May 2013
The Hall hummed with quiet deliberation today as an illustrious panel of 21 judges pondered magazines, newspapers and online publications and chose the winners. From an initial entry of c 200 schools some 41 had been shortlisted and the judges, who included Simon Heffer of the Daily Mail, Jo Warner-Howard of the Copyright Licensing Agency, Louise Court of Cosmopolitan and Rob Shepherd of Shepherds Bookbinders Ltd (from left to right in the insert) assessed the submissions for the following categories: Best Cover, Best Design and Layout, Best Original Artwork & Photography, Best Feature Article, Best Overall Editorial Content, Best Commercial Strategy, Community Initiative, Best Environmental Strategy, Inspirational Teacher, Outstanding Pupil, Best Online, Best Newspaper and Best Magazine. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony which will be held at the Hall on Monday, 24 June.
New Freemen - Monday, 13 May 2013
The People's Book Prize 2013
We are pleased that the Hall will once again be the venue for the People's Book Prize awards ceremony. This event recognises writing talent as voted for by the public and winners will be recognized on Wednesday, 29 May at 7.00 pm at a reception and dinner (black tie) in the presence of Frederick Forsyth CBE. Previous winners can be seen at http://www.peoplesbookprize.com/. Liveryman Tatiana von Saxe Wilson tells us that there are still a few tickets left for the evening. Please note that the Stationers' Company office is not involved in organising this event and if you would like to attend please book your ticket direct on email@example.com.