Members' Events 2019

Here are the latest FCC events, open to all FCC members. For further information about any of our events please email us


Wednesday 5 June, 2pm for 2.30pm

London by Postcode
Talk by Mark Mason. This offbeat exploration of odd place names, curious monuments and amusing trivia is based upon his Mail Obsession: A Journey Round Britain by Postcode.
Tea and cake after the talk.


Wednesday, 19 June, 12.45pm for 1pm

Puritans and Playwrights
Walk with City Guide Jill Finch. Elizabethan actors were seen as rogues, vagabonds and sturdy beggars; playwrights could be arrested for sedition. The Puritans and City authorities wanted them all gone. This walk takes a light-hearted look at the trials and tribulations of Ben Jonson, Edward Alleyn, Shakespeare and others in what we now remember as a golden age of English literature.


Thursday 20 June, 3pm

FCC Annual General Meeting
At St Mary Abchurch


Monday 24 June, 2pm for 2.30pm

As Good as Gold
Talk by Alexandra Epps. This lavishly illustrated lecture tells the story of gold, its significance and symbolism throughout the history of art. Followed by tea and cake.


Wednesday, 26 June, 3pm

Queen Victoria’s Bicentenary Evensong
We commemorate the bicentenary of a queen who gave her name to an age with evensong in which we will be joined by St John's Wood Church Chamber Choir.


Tuesday, 2 July, 10.45am for 11am

Merchant Taylors’ Hall & St Michael Cornhill
Visit with City Guide Jill Finch. The ninth in our ongoing series of visits to City Livery Companies and their associated churches takes us to the home of the Merchant Taylors, one of the ‘Twelve Great’, who have occupied the same site since 1347. Their first hall was gutted in the Great Fire, the second badly damaged but not destroyed by the Blitz. After our guided tour, we will visit the Company’s church, St Michael Cornhill, which has a not dissimilar history.


Wednesday, 10 July, 12.45am for 1pm

The Foundling Museum
Guided tour. Historic churchwardens’ accounts often record babies left to the care (and cost) of the parish, and even named for the church where they were found. The Foundling Hospital established in 1739 by Thomas Coram was the country’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery. Our hour-long tour looks at its history and collections, after which members are free to visit special exhibitions on two early supporters, Hogarth and Handel, who created art and music to support the pioneering work of the charity.


Tuesday, 16 July, 10.45am

St Bride Foundation
Guided tour. The St. Bride Foundation was established in 1891 with funding from parochial charities to provide vocational training and recreational facilities in the heart of London’s printing trade, with a swimming pool, gymnasium, laundry and lending library amongst its amenities. It now holds the largest print and publishing library in the world and an important collection of type specimens, as well as vintage presses, in a Grade II Listed Victorian institute. Our tour will take us from Fleet Street’s first printers to the heyday of hot metal and modern artisanal hand printing.


Thursday, 29 August, 10.45am for 11am

London’s Historic Italian Quarter
Walk with City Guide Victoria Bellazzi. Our continuing exploration of churches just beyond the City takes us to Clerkenwell’s historic Italian Quarter, for some 200 years home to artisans and entertainers, revolutionaries and restaurateurs. Our tour culminates at St Peter’s, London’s oldest Italian church, designed by an Irish architect on the model of a Roman basilica, consecrated in 1863 and still the vibrant heart of a city-wide community.



Details about our various events are shown in the regular Skyline magazine sent to members.


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