9 JUNE 2021
We're looking forward to our forthcoming Charter Dinner, celebrating the grant of a Royal Charter to the Stationers' Company in 1557. The original Charter was lost, probably in the 1666 Fire of London, but you'll all be familiar with the rather splendid 1684 Charter granted by Charles II in 1684, a facsimile of which hangs in the Court Room. Here I'm going to look at the story of political intrigue and manipulation behind that Charter - and what happened next...
2 JUNE 2021
In his fourth article on the paintings in Stationers’ Hall, Liveryman John Peacock reveals the intriguing story behind the portrait of Harold Macmillan Earl of Stockton painted in 1985 by Gandee Vasan and situated in the Stockroom.
8 APRIL 2021
Following the LivCom Literary evening with Richard Ovenden OBE in which Richard talked about his book, Burning The Books, we were reminded of a piece that Court Assistant Tim Connell wrote when Kenneth Baker published a book entitled, On the Burning of Books. We reproduce Tim's piece here.
22 MARCH 2021
In the third article on the paintings to be found in Stationers’ Hall, John Peacock and Margaret Willes consider the imposing three-quarter-length portrait of master printer and ‘father of the English novel’ Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) together with the artist who painted him, Joseph Highmore (1692-1780).
4 MARCH 2021
In the second of a short series of articles on the paintings in Stationers’ Hall, Liveryman John Peacock discusses the striking portrait of Sir Edward Pickering (1912-2003), painted in 2000 by Henry Mee and situated in the Stockroom.
20 NOVEMBER 2020
In the first of a short series of articles about the paintings to be found in Stationers’ Hall, Liveryman John Peacock introduces the large and prominent painting which hangs in the alcove on the end wall of the Court Room facing visitors, King Alfred Dividing His Last Loaf With The Pilgrim.
12 MAY 2020
A Stationer from the past made a somewhat ignominious appearance on Twitter recently, in this tweet on what might be ‘the most famous typo in history’.
20 APRIL 2020
Another plunge into the Archives by Dr Ruth Frendo revealing how Stationers responded to outbreaks of the plague in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Click on the image to be redirected to the article in Archive News.
8 APRIL 2020
Dr Ruth Frendo has been scouring the archive for items relevant to our coronavirus-laden situation. Here is a link to her three articles
7 APRIL 2020
We may be tackling pressing problems in other areas at the moment but the end of 2020 gets ever closer there are issues to be faced on the Copyright front.
4 MARCH 2020
Get to know Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby better via this Q&A session undertaken by BookBrunch
24 JANUARY 2020
Last week I had an unexpected visit from folk duo Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmons, who were interested in discovering the publishing history behind some of their material.