Visit to Stationers’ Hall, Ludgate Hill, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD . The Stationers’ Company is 600-year old City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content Industries. Cost: £20 to include coffee/tea at 11.45 am.
Livery Companies were first created by groups of medieval tradesmen who joined together to promote, protect and regulate their trades. 600 years ago most craftsmen in London were itinerant. However the manuscript writers and illuminators decided to concentrate their efforts and set up stalls or ‘stations’ around St Paul’s Cathedral. Because of this they were given the nickname ‘Stationers’ and this was the obvious choice of name for the guild they established in 1403