Tuesday 16 October 2018 GUIDED TOURS OF ST BRIDE FOUNDATION AND ST BRIDE'S CHURCH


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems. Housed in a beautiful Victorian building, the Foundation was originally set up to serve the print and publishing trade of Fleet Street, and is now finding a new audience of designers, printmakers and typographers.

At the heart of the Foundation is the St Bride Library, an archive of over 100,00 items relating to printing, publishing and graphic design. During the tour we will be shown artefacts and ephemera from the archive, learn about printing presses and see a demonstration of various printing methods including newspaper production. When the tour ends at 12.30, lunch is at your leisure and you may want to attend a free concert in St Bride's Church at 1.15pm.

If you are also coming to the St Bride's Church tour, please meet there by 2.15. This is the famous Wren church with the 'wedding cake' spire and a lightning conductor designed by Benjamin Franklin. Inside there is evidence of a Roman burial, a Celtic-Roman settlement, the Saxons and Normans and a well. King John held his parliament here and Wynkyn de Worde brought his printing press in 1500. St Bride's was Henry VIII's parish church and is where the Book of Common Prayer was first used.

 

Friday 25 January 2019 GUIDED TOURS OF THE MUSEUM OF THE ORDER OF ST JOHN AND THE CHARTERHOUSE

Our guided tour will include the fascinating story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in 11th century Jerusalem to its role today with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity. The emblem of the Order, a white eight-pointed cross on a black background, is an international symbol of first aid. It was also worn on the robes of those first Brother Knights in Jerusalem and has become an enduring emblem of humanitarian care, as well as a charity that dates back almost 1000 years.

In the afternoon there is an optional guided visit to The Charterhouse. A monastery dating back to the 1300s, the building is now an almshouse. Our guided tour will include the Great Hall where the Brothers eat, the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court during the first days of her reign, Wash-house Court which is associated with the medieval monks and Master’s Court which reveals the opulence of Lord North’s Tudor mansion.