​The 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death was on 23 July of this year, and our current Master, Ian Lumsden, is seeking this year to emphasise the role played by our families within the Company’s life. To draw both of these significant strands together, the Liveryman’s Committee arranged for members and their families to attend a morning of live demonstrations and tours at Shakespeare’s Globe on the morning of Saturday 23 July.

The Company’s first family day was held in glorious sunshine. A crowd of 25 made up of both liverymen and their families spent the morning enjoying a fascinating visit to the Globe Theatre on London’s Southbank.

The day commenced with a guided tour of the theatre itself. Our guide was obviously himself a trained actor and kept the group on the edge of its seats as he interspersed his account of the theatre’s long history with dramatic excerpts from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet et al. After the tour, the group was treated to a display of Elizabethan sword-fighting. Whilst no blood was shed, the display was highly realistic and expertly executed. The opportunity to handle some of the swords was enjoyed by the younger members of the group, as well as some of the older ones too.

The morning concluded with an Elizabethan dressing demonstration, which left some of the lady members of the party grateful for the comfort and convenience of 21st century fashions, especially on a baking hot summer’s day. One of the Master’s daughters was an excellent sport in volunteering (or being volunteered) to be the clothes model.

Good fun was had by all. It is hoped that our first Family Day has set a pattern for future events to come.