[Repost] Professor Jane Gottelier Receiving the Freedom of the City of London


Source: http://democracy.cityoflondon.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=23975

Professor Jane Gottelier receiving the Freedom of the City of London at the Chamberlain's Court at the Guildhall in the City of London.


The origins of The Freedom of the City of London date back to medieval times when craftsmen and women throughout Europe organised themselves into trade guilds which protected customers, employers and employees alike by checking standards of work, quality of the goods, weights and measures, imposing severe penalties on those who broke the rules. They trained the young and looked after members in age and infirmity. In the City of London these guilds, many of which still exist, became known as livery companies. They are not merely picturesque leftovers of history but living institutions, promoting and supporting their relevant trades ( or modern equivalent ) and devoting vast sums of money to charitable and educational foundations. At present there are 107 livery companies and considerable interest in the formation of new ones.