Day School - London Livery Companies

Ref: C3741453

We will chart the development of the companies and the growth and variety of their trade and craft activities and will show how they underpin the organisation of the City. As well as studying their structure and the way they operate we will look at the wide ranges of the architecture of their halls and how these have developed. There will also be a focus on their role on the choice of the Lord Mayor and their participation in the Lord Mayor's Show, This will link with the many other city ceremonies with which they are involved. We will end by exploring the formation of and activities of new companies.

Additional information about this course

This course is not supported by the Skills Funding Agency and does not have a fee waiver but concessions may be available - contact the Branch for further details.

Course aim

We will explore the history of all the City of London's livery companies. This will include their formation, function and the way they underpin many city organisations

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • Those with an interest in London

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Explain how companies come into being
  • Describe three livery company halls
  • Compare and contrast the architectural features of three halls
  • Describe the way that the Lord Mayor is elected and the part played by the companies
  • Outline the route and function of the Lord Mayor's Show

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A copy of the London A-Z map book

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Day School - London Livery Companies

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