Past Company Events


Thursady 28th September

The American Museum in Bath

Monday-Saturday 10th-15th September.

25 members in the garden of the Sorolla Museum Madrid

4th Overseas visit


Thursday 28th June

22 members were shown around Crosby hall, by owner Dr Christopher Moran


Friday 8th to Sunday 10th June

2 day visit to York.

!3 members had a most enjoyable visit led by member Darrell Buttery MBE


Wednesday 23rd and 30th May

Visit to the V & A museum exhibition The Silk Road.with Alan Freeland


Thursday 17th May


Installation Dinner at Stationers' Hall

Link to Photographs


Thursday 10th May

Charles II exhibition Queens Gallery London SW1


Wednesday-Friday 25th-27th April

Overseas Visit.

Ghent-Brugges. Belgium.


Thursday 12th April

The Eva Weininger Spring lecture

Dr David Bellingham on ‘Scenes of the Symposium in Pompeian Wall-Painting’. 

Held at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

Tuesday 10th April

Admission of New Liverymen

Guildhall london


Admission of New Freemen

Link to photos Admissions-Ceremony-April-2018

Friday 16th March

United Guilds Service and Lunch

St Pauls Cathederal


Monday 12th March.

Pocket Lunch

Ironmongers Hall

Thusday 8th February.


An Anthology of Skills

Holbein And The Holbeinesque

Barber -Surgeons' Hall


Monday 22nd January.

13th Annual Dinner

Carpenters Hall


Friday 8th December 2017

Guided tour by member Dr Sam Moorhead of the British Museum Exhibition

Scythians:Warriors of Ancient Siberia. Limited to 20 places.


Sunday 3rd December

Advent Service

St Peter ad Vincula

Monday November 27th

Visit to Billingsgate Roman Bathhouse and The newly reconstructed Mithraeum and Museum.

Start time 4pm


Wednesday 22nd November.

Admissions Ceremony. New Liverymen

Museum St John

Admissions Ceremony. New Freemen

Museum St John

Link to Photos


Monday 30th October.

2nd Annual Livery Dinner

Tallow Chandlers Hall.

70 liverymen enjoyed an excellant meal with our 2 new Honorary Livermen

The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Richard Chartres. KCVO. ChStJ. PC. DD. FSA


The Right Honourable The Lord Chris Smith of Finsbury. PC. PhD

shown here with the Master, Loyd Grossman. CBE. PhD. FSA


Wednesday 20th & Thursday 21st September.

A visit to the studios of Art Analysis.

This is a limited numbers visit, therefore 2 evenings

Art Analysis & Research (AA&R) offers unparalleled technical investigations of paintings through their fully equipped and state-of-the-art laboratory.

Their expertise in the material structure of paintings is employed to complement art historical judgments, or to produce stand-alone investigations.

AA&R applies both technical art history and science-based analytical approaches.

Monday 14th August

A Walk- Discovering Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia.

Conducted by Liveryman and Blue badge Tourist Guide Molly Rumblelow.

From Russell Square Tube Station 6.00pm start.


Wednesday 5th July 2017

Common Hall followed by dinner.


Thursday 18th May 2017

Installation of New Master & Wardens

Vintners' Hall


Wednesday 24th May

Visit to Kenwood and Lauderdale House.


Wednesday 19th April 2017

The Eva Weininger Spring Lecture


Tuesday 28th March. Guildhall. Installation of New Liverymen and Freemen

New Liverymen.

New Freemen

Friday 31st March 2017

United Guilds Service and lunch

St Paul's Cathederal


Wednesday 8th March 2017

Court Dinner


Monday 13th March 2017

Lunch at Ironmongers Hall


Tuesday 28th March 2017.

Admissions Ceremony and Farewell to the Clerk


Thursday 23rd February 2017

John Lockwood Kipling.

20 member and guests had the V&A to themselves for an hour on an exclusive visit and

a guided tour by Julius Bryant


Thursday 9th February. 2017

An Anthology of Skills.

Mad,Bad and Dangerous

Venue. Court 1. The Old Bailey


Monday 23rd January. 2017

Annual Dinner-Drapers Hall London.

Attended by 250 members and guests


Tuesday 22nd November 2016

The new Liverymen of the Company

The new Freemen of the Company

The new Freemen of the Company

Admissions ceremony for new Freemen & Liverymen

Photos from the photographers website free to copy and download

Sunday 4th December 2016

Advent Service- St Peter ad Vincula


Wednesday 2nd November 2016

First Livery Dinner

Painters Hall London.

The Master with our guest and speaker Mr Murray D.Craig

Clerk of the Chamberlain's Court of The City of London


Photo's from the photograher's web site, FREE to download


Thursday 20th October 2016.



10th Mithras Lecture

Goldsmiths Hall London

160 Arts Scholars and their guests including Masters and some clerks from 17 Livery Companies,

attended the lecture by James Stourton which was very well received.


Friday 7th to 11th October 2016.

Visit to Rome.



                       Can you spot the Caravaggio?


                A group photo in the foyer of our Hotel The Residenza di Ripeea



   A group photo on a private visit to The Palazzo Colonna

       where scenes from "Roman Holiday"  were filmed


     A view of the Roman skyline with our guide Anthony Majanlahti, 2nd left


Tuesday 22nd September 2016.



Visit to The Royal Academy archives.

Wednesday 14th September 2016.


Visit to Osterley House


Monday August 15th 2016

The Plague and Great Fire walk with Deborah Charles at 1800 hrs.


Thursday July 7th 2016.

Common Hall follwed by Dinner

Charterhouse London EC1M

Members event photos

Thursday 26th May 2016

Beating Retreat at Horseguards Parade.

Past Master Alastair Leslie and The Master Tom Christopherson with 2 cadets from the ULOTC, Claire Scott and Michael Mubiru

Tuesday 17th May 2016.

Installation of the new Master & Wardens at Girdlers Hall.


Thursday 14th April 2016.

The Eva Weininger Spring Lecture.

At Sotheby's Institute of Art Bedford Square Bloomsbury London WC1B 3EE

A talk by Peter Clayton on The re-discovery of Egypt


Monday 14th March 2016.

Lunch at Ironmongers Hall  Shaftesbury Place, Barbican London EC2Y 8AA.


Thursday 18th February 2016

Private tour of the Elgin Marbles in the British Museum.

Thursday 4th February 2016.

An Anthology of Skills.

"Spectacle and Status: Aspects of the Grand Tour

At Freemasons Hall London, attended by 70 members and guests


Wednesday January 13th


Early evening private viewing  at The National maritime Museum of Samual Pepys-Plague, Fire and Revolution.


Monday 25th January 2016.

11th Annual dinner at Clothworkers Hall


Thursday 10th December


Private morning view of the Celts Exhibition at The British Museum.


Thursday 5th November

Behind the scenes at The National Theatre plus lunch

Our member, Graham Barker organised a wonderful visit and 25 members attended


Wednesday 28th October

9th Mithras Lecture.

The Art Criminal Investigator.

A lecture was given by DS Claire Hutcheon of the Metropolitan Police Art & Antiques Unit New Scotland Yard,

At Goldsmiths' Hall, Foster Lane, EC2V 6BN. Over 200 people attended of which were 40 representatives of other Livery Companies


Thursday 24th September

Visit to Aspley House


Monday 14th September

Private tour of 2 Temple Place followed by lunch in Middle Temple Hall. Meeting time 11:00am


Tuesday 11th August

Southwark Walk with Deborah Charles. London Blue Badge Guide


Friday 26th June

Representatives of The Bakers Company and Art Scholars attending the annual camp at Sennelager Germany with The University of London Officer Training Corp.


Tuesday 19th May.

Installation of new Master and Wardens.


Thursday 16th April.

An anthology of skills (Half day) and Spring Lecture



Monday 9th March.

Lunch at Ironmongers Hall  Shaftesbury Place, Barbican London EC2Y 8AA.



Tuesday 24th February.

Visit to Spitalfields and Dennis Severs' House


A group of 21 Arts Scholars experienced the 18th century charm of this Huguenot silk weaver's house in Spitalfields. 

The house, which is viewed by candlelight with fires burning in the grates and tables laid for dinner, seems like a living Still Life painting. A recommended visit.

Thursday 12th February to Monday 16th February

Visit to St Petersburg.

25 members and family had a busy schedule in St Petersburg.

The group with our guide Julia next to The Clerk on the steps of the Pavlovsk Palace

on our way to Tsarskoe Selo


Visit to St Petersburg.

Snow at last! a sledge ride through the woods of the Pavlovsk Palace Gardens

Visit to St Petersburg.

The Troika


Monday January 26th 2015

The Company annual banquet was held at Drapers Hall and attended by The Lord Mayor Locum Tenens

Alderman Nicholas Anstee and Black Rod, Lt Gen David Leakey CMG. CBE was the speaker.

209 members attended, this included 6 Masters and 6 Clerks.

The carpet guard was formed by The HAC Light Cavalry and Cadets from the ULOTC


Monday December 1st

Lords tour and museum (MCC)

22 members and guests had a privileged tour of Lords organised by The Master

and a very convivial meal in the Lord's Tavern afterwards


Sunday November 30th.

Advent Service at St Peter ad Vincula.

Tower Green.

HM Tower of London

Attended by over 20 members and guests and joined by

The Constable of The Tower Lord Dannatt. GCB. CBE. MC. DL.

and his wife


Thursday November 20th.

Admission of new Liverymen and Freemen.

10 Liverymen and 25 Freemen were admitted to the Company.

Saturday 8th September


Georgina and Tom, The Clerk and Middle Warden carrying the banner for

The Company at The Lord Mayors Show


Friday October 31st.

Visit to the Mary Rose Portsmouth.

20 members had a most informative visit on the hottest Halloween day, lunch was had outside on the terrace

Well worth a visit


Tuesday October 28th

8th Mithras lecture.

Was given by Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image

at the V&A Museum and former Director of Collections at English Heritage

and curator of the William Kent exhibition.


Monday 20th October.

Ceremony of the keys and supper in The Yeoman Warders Mess

34 menbers and friends attended the ceremony and got to see the field of poppies


Friday September 26th.

Visit to Ham House.

25 members led by our Blue Badge Guide member Deborah Charles had a most informative and enjoyable visit


Wednesday September 17th

8 new Liverymen and 6 new Freemen were enrolled in the company at Furniture Makers Hall


Thursday July 3rd

Presentation of Letters Patent followed by Livery Celebration Lunch.

Over 300 members and guests attended The Celebration Lunch in the Egyptian Hall, Mansion House.


Thursday May 22nd and Thursday 29th May

Visit to the Viking Exhibition at the British Museum.

20 members visited he Viking Exhibition



Past Master, Mr Nicholas Somers, assisted by the Clerk, signs the register as the first Freeman to be sworn in as

a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company

Tuesday 29th April

Visit to Smithfield Market

A group of 17 early-rising Arts Scholars were at the City's Smithfield meat market by 5:45am on April 29th

for a conducted tour of the cold store and cutting rooms organised by Master Butcher Ian Kelly.

After more than an hour in the chiller, the party was more than ready to do justice to a full English champagne breakfast in a nearby hostelry


Thursday April 10th.

Spring Lecture:

At The Sign Of The Falcon.

The Life and Work of Henry George Murphy

Britain's most neglected goldsmith

A talk given by Founder Liveryman John Banjamin FGA

At Bonhams, New Bond Street, London, at 6:00pm


Friday April 4th

The United Guilds' Service.

St Pauls Cathedral at 11:15am.


Founder Liverymen being sworn in.

At the Guildhall London, in the Aldermen's Court Room.

2nd April 2014

Robed right to left, Jonh Barber, Dr Gary Bell, Marie Francoise Bryan, Patricia Burgin,

Deborah Charles and Roderick Caxton-Spencer

Robed right to left. David Constable. Alastair Dickenson, Prof Paul Jarrett, David Lavender,

Elizabeth Mellows and Christina Munday


Robed right to left. Toby Parker, Molly Rumbelow, Clive Stewart-Lockhart,

Carolyn Stoddart-Scott and Eleanor Thompson


And finally. The Clerk, after a hard days work.


17 members were given a very informative tour of St Pancras Station and surrounding area

by Company member Blue Badge Guide, Deborah Charles on Thursday 20th February 2014


9th Annual Dinner at Plaisterers' Hall. 1 London Wall London EC2Y 5JU.


178 members and guests attended the annual dinner, on the 28th January 2014,

The Rt Hon, The Lord Mayor Alderman Fiona Woolf CBE, seen above with the candlestick presented to her by the company

l/r Mr Rhidian Jones. Master Turner. Alderman Mr Ian Luder, The Upper Warden. The Rev Canon Roger Hall MBE. Chaplain

Alderman & Sheriff Sir Paul Judge KB. Dr John Goodall. Mrs Anne Somers. The Master. The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor. Mr Nicholas Woolf.

Sheriff Adrian Waddingham CBE. Mr Tom Christopherson, The Renter Warden. Mrs Georgina Gough. The Clerk

Click the link below for the event photos

Banquet Photos

Annual Carol Service at St Peter and Vincula. 1st December 2013

30 Members and guests attended the Advent Service at the Chapel Royal of St Peter and Vincula.

HM Tower of London on Sunday 1st December 2013



Admission of New Company Members. 21st November 2013

8 new members were admitted to the Company at Waterman's Hall London EC3R

on the 21st November 2013.

from left, Simon Green, Dr Niamh Whitfield FSA, Eva Greenspan, Diana Uff, The Master,

Dr Susannnah Brooke. Stephen Wild, Dr Lesley Taor, Ronald Munro Ferguson




Visit to the Cheapside Hoard 14th November 2013

55 members visited The Museum of London for a view of The Cheapside Hoard

and were afterwards privileged to have an informative talk followed by questions from

the curator, Hazel Forsyth on Thursday 14th November.


Tour of The Bank of England 8th November 2013

!9 members and guests had an informative after hours tour of the Bank of England,

led by the curator Jennifer Adams on Friday November 8th


The Mithras Lecture 22nd October 2013

142 members and guests, of which 22 were Masters and Clerks of other Livery Companies,

attended the Mithras lecture, The Great Exhibitions 1851-1900

given by the Reverend Jonathan Meyer MA FRICS.

on Tuesday October 22nd at The Dutch Church Austin Friars. London


Vist to Buckingham Palace & Gardens 19th September 2013

20 members and guests viewed the apartments at Buckinham Palace on the 19th September.

Here are 8 of the 9 members and guests who braved the weather to enjoy the Garden Highlights tour,

afterwards. And it had stopped raining.



Visit to Houghton House 20th August 2013

40 people, members and guests with Betty Boothroyd, Baroness, OM PC (3rd left)

on the lawn at Houghton Hall with our guide Johnathan Cornwell, before our tour of the house

for the exhibion of paintings returned  from Russia entitled "Houghton Revisited" on the 20th August 2013


19 members and the Master had an enjoyable and informative visit to West Dean

Visit to West Dean College June 2013

19 members and the Master had an enjoyable and informative visit to West Dean

College  where we had a tour of the house and gardens and were shown around

several conservation departments including, furniture, clocks, metalwork and tapestry.
June 2013


The Master presenting the Lady Mayoress with a gavel turned by himself 

Visit to The Mansion House May 2013

The Master presenting the Lady Mayoress with a gavel turned by himself  on the
occasion of our visit to the Mansion House for luncheon after a tour of the Samuel
Collection of paintings housed there. May 2013


The Master's Installation Dinner

The Master's Installation Dinner at Trinity House May 2013.


Admissioon ceremony to The Company 18th June 2012

Six new Freemen were admitted to the Company on June 18th at the Art Workers Guild

Queens Square, London, W1.

Tom Christopherson, (Renter Warden), Amy Thomas, The Rev Dr William Beaver, Catherine Shearn,

Nicholas Somers (The Master), David Glasser, Anthony Willenbruch, Steven Turner, Alastair Leslie (Midddle Warden).


Visit to Woolbeding Gardens 19th July 2012

A perfect end to the visit to Woolbeding Gardens on the 19th July, the Master with 9 of the 10 members and guests

who had a glorious day walking around the gardens and then a leisurely lunch in Tillington.


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.