Tuesday 25th March – 11th meeting of 2014
Our meeting place this week was at Cannon Street and there was only six of us as two of our ladies unfortunately were sick and not able to join us. A dull cold morning meant that our first stop was Starbucks for a warming drink.
Next a brisk walk through the streets of the City of London to Guildhall. Guildhall Yard is a magnificent area. As you stand in the centre you are surrounded but such grand buildings, The Guildhall, The Guildhall Library and The Guildhall Art Gallery and Museum. The entrance into the Library is in Aldermanbury.
The exhibition was upstairs in the library in a room on the first floor and was being held to mark the 350th anniversary of The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers’ Royal Charter from Charles 11. The first cabinet showed two pieces of clothing for babies, two nightdresses. These garments were superb with such small stitching all perfect and I for one could not quite believe that they had been handmade so many years ago. The second case showed all manner of needles with accompanying tools and a fabulous lavender bag with the minutest stitching I have every seen!! There was a large ornamental frame showing all kind of needles, sewing, machine, knitting and tools all work the of needlemakers. This room also housed many maps of London.
After we had seen this exhibition we went into the Clockmakers Exhibition on first floor. We have been here before but it was nice to see the intricate working and making of clocks. There were some beautiful pocket watches on display.
The library is very large and is a great resource for family history and London history. It also houses the largest collection of information on food, wine and cooking in UK. There were many people in the reading area and it was very quiet throughout the whole library!! An amazing place with so much information and history that is available for all to make use of.
From here we made our way to Canon Street for our trains home. By now it was lunch time and the streets were full of people rushing around on their lunch breaks. We were all thankfully that we could get our trains home and not have any worry about work!!