Friday, March 23, 2012

Guilds, Livery and Raspberries

21 March 2012, London: Blackfriars Lane was bursting with energy yesterday, as the Apothecaries’ Hall held the first Livery showcase of its kind, with 18 Livery Companies hosting teenagers from over 25 London schools. The event was organised and sponsored by the Livery Schools Link and offered 300 London schoolchildren aged between 13 and 14 a unique opportunity to see and experience some of the skills and trades represented by the Livery Companies.

The event was held at the Apothecaries’ Hall in London, and officially opened by Air Marshall C R Spink CB CBE FRAeS FCIM, Master of The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators. Skills and crafts demonstrated by Livery Companies included those of The Worshipful Company of Gardeners, The Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers, The Worshipful Company of Vintners and The Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. Many other practical professions were also represented, giving the teenagers invaluable insight into, and a real feel for, the practical aspects of many hands-on professions. One of the highlights of the day was the demonstration of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s new Raspberry Pi - a £22 credit card-sized computer, which brings low-cost and exciting programming capability into the classroom. The demonstration took place at the stand of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists.

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Teaching kids practical skills, who’d have thunk it?

The History of Guilds.

Although each guild had its own hall and coat of arms, such an influential body needed a communal meeting place. So in 1411, construction of London’s magnificent Guildhall began. Finished in 1440, it survived both the Great Fire of London and the Blitz. In fact, it’s the only secular stone structure dating from before 1666 still standing in the City.


  1. NeighbourhoodWatcher9:53 am, March 24, 2012

    The Skinners Company and the Merchant Tailors had a dispute with each other over their Charter date such that they would not agree as to which was the 6th. and which the 7th. Worshipful Company.

    To resolve the dispute they take it in turns year upon year to be the 6th. and 7th.

    This is the origin of the phrase "to be all at sixes and sevens".

    1. Do not their founding members remember the date?