Wednesday, 7 December 2011, 1:00PM
Museum of London

The City Livery Companies

Professor Tim Connell

Trade and craft associations have flourished all over Europe for many centuries, but the City of London companies, now collectively known as the Livery, are unique in their survival, number and diversity. The social and economic conditions which gave birth to the original guilds have long since been overtaken by the development of industry and commerce, but the livery companies still flourish today as living institutions. Their survival has been achieved by doing what they have always done: fostering their trade in a wide context, serving the community, and embracing modern skills and professions.

This lecture is part of the Square Mile series. The other lecture in the series is The History of the Lord Mayor's Show.

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Tim Connell is Professor Emeritus at City, University of London, having been head of languages there for nearly twenty years. He is deputy chair of the international course board of ESCP Europe, the French grande école which has centres in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Turin and Warsaw.

He is a graduate of Oxford, Liverpool and London universities, and has also studied in Spain and Mexico. His particular languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese and he has extensive experience of both Spain and Latin America. His particular interest is in the field of professional training for translators and interpreters, where he works closely with the Chartered Institute of Linguists (of which he is a Fellow and Vice-President).  He attends meetings of the All Parties Parliamentary Languages Group, which advises Government on matters of language policy.

As a Fellow of Gresham College he sits on the Academic Board and has organised cycles of lectures in the Mondays at One series for 24 years, looking at topics of mainly current interest and speaks on a variety of subjects himself.  He has devised half-day symposia on a wide range of themes with an invited panel of experts and is currently looking at the development of webinars. He is also Chair of the Gresham Society, which aims to support the work of the College.

He maintains close links in the Square Mile as a Liveryman of the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers’ Company, where he is a Court Assistant. He has been Chair of the Livery Committee and currently sits on the Strategy Oversight Committee. He is also involved in developing various charity projects.

Tim writes and speaks on topics relating to the history of the City of London and also covers themes relating to contemporary Latin America. He sits on the Advisory Board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

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7 December 2011

The City Livery Companies
Professor Tim Connell

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