Pending Topics

Pending articles and webinars include the topics below. If you’d like to suggest additional topics, or make an observation relating to our editorial schedule, you can do so in the Comments section at the foot of this page.

Diversity in the City. Great improvements have been made recently with respect to City diversity; it is a far fairer place that it was 25 years ago. Most notably, women and non-whites are common in the most senior roles in the City Corporation and livery companies. Nevertheless, plenty of work remains to be done. Topics include recent and current City-lead efforts, current shortcomings, best practice, future outlook

Charitable Donations in the City. Topics include results of survey of annual donations by the City Corporation and the livery companies; current approaches to charitable donations; modern donor best practice; how livery companies can collaborate to be as effective as possible

Livery Company IT Infrastructure. A review of the state of livery companies IT infrastructure. Topics include the current status of livery company IT, current challenges, ways to share lessons learned, best practice, future directions

The City vs Greater London. Until about 1700, the Square Mile was London, but as London grew, the Square Mile became detached. Topics include: why the separation took place, pros and cons of the separation, current status of City vs Greater London, future outlook

How Livery Companies Brought Democracy to the World. The livery companies were the main force for the spread of democracy in the UK; and thereby they were a catalyst for gradual spread of modern democracy world-wide. Topics include: City vs Sovereign vs Church in medieval times; relationship between guilds and Sovereign in late medieval times; guild role in Civil War and Glorious Revolution; echoes of past conflict with Sovereign found today in the old guilds

What is the Wealth of the City? It’s hard to find information about the wealth of the City, although recently the City Corporation has become much more open about its assets. Nevertheless, it’s still hard to get financial information about the livery companies. We present the results of a study of the finances of the City Corporation and the guilds, focussing on total assets; annual income; annual charitable donations; and the proportion of guild income spent on charity, internal operations and entertainments. We first present the figures for today. Then we look at the figures for the late 19th century. Then we look at the figures today. in the late 19th century. We then compare the two sets of data, to draw conclusions about today’s financial picture. We end with a discussion of the future outlook for the City’s wealth

1884 Royal Commission to Investigate the City Livery Companies. In the 1700s and 1800s, animosity towards the livery companies was commonplace. The resulting Royal Commission of 1884 almost caused Parliament to dissolve them. Here we look at what happened. Topics include: causes of the public’s hostility, goals of the Royal Commission, findings and recommendations, relevance to today’s livery companies

Oaths of Secrecy in Older Livery Companies. In later medieval times, London’s guilds introduced oaths of secrecy among their senior members. These are still extant, and are unknown to most rank and file members of the old guilds. Topics include: nature of the oaths, why the oaths were put in place, awareness of the oaths by rank and file guild members, benefits and disadvantages of the oaths, future outlook for the oaths

How The City is Governed: Past, Present, Future. As one of the world’s oldest continuous democracies, the CIty of London has much to be proud of in its governance. Thanks to the City’s efforts in the 18th and 19th centuries, it is now but a local London authority, standing aloof from other London boroughts. Albeit a most unusual local authority. There are critics: some complain of an unwieldy ratio of some 100 Common Councillors and 25 aldermen to represent just 9,400 inhabitants, and of the many Lord Mayors who are never exposed to competition at the hustings. We discuss the current governance of the City, its historical origins, the strengths and weakness of the current arrangement, and how it may evolve in the future

The Future of the City’s Churches? The City has some 50 churches, many of them great treasures that we are fortunate to have as part of our everyday life. But they exist in an ever-more secular and non-Christian world. What is to become of them? Topics include church endowments, income and expenses; changes of role since 1900, current trends, and future outlook

Researching London’s Past. Topics include the best libraries to use, how to use them, and topic-related recommendations

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