Lord Mayor of London's Cultural Scholarship Scheme.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Cultural Scholarship Scheme was founded in 2010 by Geoffrey Bond, OBE, DL, FSA, a former Sheriff of the City of London, who wished to promote the cultural economy and give young people a better understanding of their heritage.

Geoffery knew that there was little provision for sixth form students from State school backgrounds in Inner London to gain hands-on knowledge about their cultural heritage; although internships can be gained at institutions at undergraguate and postgraduate levels, there was little facility for sixth formers. This lack of opportunity may be why so few students are aware of the opportunities and careers available in the arts and heritage world. Working initialy with the city of London Academy (Southwark) two week placements were created in a range of galleries, museums and libraries and other heritage organisations. Other State schools are now included- William Morris Sixth Form, the Charter School and Bacon's College. The aim is not only to raise awareness of careers in the heritage world, but to enable the students to gain worthwhile experience of the environment of work in respected and well known institutions.

The scheme has grown very successfully to create no less than 16 placements in a wide variety of cultural institutions, the Guildhall Art Gallery, Keats House, Guildhall Museum, Royal Opera House, London Metropolitan Archives, Whitechapel Art gallery, V&A, Goldsmiths Centre, Ben Uri Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum, Geffrye Museum and two National Trust properties, Ham House and Sutton House.

The scheme has the patronage of the Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of London and distinguished Vice Patrons are, Alderman Nick Ansteee, the Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Dr Munira Mirza, Joyce Nash OBE, William B Fraser OBE and the Worshiful Company of Arts Scholars which is dedicated to the promotion of the decorative arts and will be helping to run the Scheme into the future.

 

The Company has taken as its emblem this marble head of Mithras of about 180-220 AD. It was discovered during the excavation of the late Roman temple of Mithras just off Queen Victoria Street after the Second World War and is now in the Museum of London.

Mithras was a complex cult figure embodying light, truth and regeneration.

To the Company of Art Scholars this emblem represents the history which lies everywhere beneath the surface of the City of London.