When - Wednesday, 13 October 2021 at 6pm
Duration -1 hour
Following on from the success of the previous Literary Evenings, your Livery Committee is delighted to invite you to our fifteenth virtual Cocktail hour on Wednesday 13th October at 6.00pm where you will be entertained by Liveryman Peter Day, holding a Q&A with John Hilary.
John Hilary is a great-great-grandson of Ludwig Messel, who founded the garden at Nymans. He is an Honorary Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham and has published widely on international trade policy and other global issues over the past twenty years. John is one of the Messel family representatives on the National Trust advisory board for Nymans. His entries on three members of the Messel family were published by the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography in 2019.
Nymans is a vision of English beauty in the Sussex countryside. Its towering walls and spectacular garden are the creation of the Messel family, a uniquely talented dynasty who came to Britain as German-Jewish immigrants and prospered. Individual family members found fame as designers, collectors, scientists, gardeners and photographers. Yet the Messels rose to international stardom when Tony Armstrong-Jones married the Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret. Their son David, the youngest Messel, was born fifth in line to the British throne.
With over 120 historically sourced illustrations, this is the first book to trace the journey of the Messel family from refugees to royalty. Full of colour, heartache and celebrity, this is their remarkable story.
Peter Day was educated at Lincoln School and St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He worked for BBC Radio for more than 40 years from 1974. For most of that time he specialised in reporting on business for programmes such as Today, the Financial World Tonight, In Business and Global Business for the BBC World Service. In 2016, he presented his last ever In Business programme after 28 years. Peter is a Liveryman of the Stationers Company and is currently the Livery Representative on the Court.
We hope you can drop in and join us at 6.00 pm, with a glass of wine, Pimms or G&T, for what will be an excellent evening. For those unable to join on the day, we will be recording the event and the link will be published on our website.