Visit to Armourers and Brasiers Hall, and Museum of London
On the 8th March 2012, the Tallow Chandlers’ Historical Group members and their guests enjoyed a morning visit to the impressive Armourers and Brasiers Company in Coleman Street, where they were warmly welcomed by the Clerk.
The Company has occupied this same site since 1346, and the Hall was one of the few to escape the Great Fire of 1666, and also survive the blitz on London in 1940. The Hall has a high arched roof with mottoes in bold (“Make all sure we are one”) under the lantern, and contains a rich display of 16th and 17th century silver, armour and paintings.
After lunch at the London Wall Kitchen, the group were given an excellent tour of the Museum of London by guides from their Development office. The Museum has recently installed a series of new walk-through galleries, providing a fascinating understanding of London’s history and heritage.
The guides pin-pointed specific items of costume, cultural way of life, and weaponry from Elizabeth I through the world wars and present day, ending in the gallery containing the Lord Mayor’s golden coach. The Museum has developed an ambitious learning programme targetted at primary schools, and their office was particularly appreciative of the recent support given to it by the Tallow Chandlers Company.