The City of London Freeman's Guide is a vital companion to the Freedom of the City of London as it is in modern times. Each year circa 1,800 people are admitted to the Freedom of the City of London, about half of them coming by way of one of the City's 109 Livery Companies. Contrary to widely held belief, the Freedom of the City of London and the Livery Companies remain vital, relevant and active aspects of the City, upholding its traditions and reputation as a global centre of excellence and innovation for so many aspects of commercial and civic life.
This guide is a concise almanac to the customs, ceremonies, traditions, institutions and offices of the City of London and its diverse Livery Companies as they are today. The guide signposts such annual events as The Lord Mayor's Show, The Trial of the Pyx and The Lion Sermon. It also explores the modern role of the various trades, crafts and professions represented by the Livery Companies. The guide highlights the activities of the Livery Companies in charity, education, industry and fellowship, and their links to the Armed Forces, Royal Family and other institutions.
Whether you are a prospective Freeman, a long standing member of a Livery Company, or simply interested in the living history of the City, this guide will be your constant companion in a life-long journey of exploration and discovery in the great and famous City of London.
The City of London Freeman’s Guide is available in four different formats:!
From Amazon in ePub format for Kindle and other tablet devices (available globally). This is the cheapest version of the guide, but ePub books do not support links to the numerous websites and documents references in the guide. !
From the Apple itunes book store for iPhone, iPad and iMac(in 51 countries) This is a slightly more expensive options and includes active links to all websites and documents referenced in the guide.
From Blurb in hardback and paperback versions (available globally). This is a print on demand publisher, and hence the most expensive option. It takes about 5 working day to deliver the book and purchasers must register on Blurb’s website!
The hardback and paperback may be purchased in either colour or black and white versions and there are automatic discounts for purchases of more than 20 copies. In the summer of 2014 it is expected that hardback of the guide will be available in popular retail outlets in the City, including the Museum of London bookshop, Guildhall Art Gallery shop, the City Information Centre, and Guildhall - at a substantially lower price than the current ‘print on demand’ service from Blurb, however this option is unlikely to be availble before May.
Supporting the guide is a website www.cityandlivery.co.uk that is intended to be a web based information point for all matters related to the City, Freedom and Livery. For those purchasing the guide in hardback, paperback and ePub (Kindle) format, this website provides links to the wealth of resources referenced in the guide.
All proceeds go to WCIT charitable funds for the 1st year of publication (that is until 31st January 2015).