Company News

Yesterday evening (27th January 2022) the Children's Commissioner, Dame Rachel de Souza DBE, delivered a memorable and thought-provoking lecture at Haberdashers' Hall.


Dame Rachel's lecture outlined research undertaken for The Big Ask - a national survey of England’s children.

Please see the slides she used as the basis for her talk below:

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Pippa Edwards and her sister, Felicity Ashley, both former students at Monmouth School for Girls, completed the epic 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in just 40 days 11 hours and 25 minutes. Pippa Edwards (second left) and sister Felicity Ashley (third from left) celebrate at the finish with Jo Blackshaw and Lebby Eyres.


Pippa, Felicity and crew-mates Jo Blackshaw and Lebby Eyres got their challenge under way in La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12th December and spent... Read More

Many congratulations to two of our new Liverymen, who have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours list:

Air Marshal Sir Gerry Mayhew CBE (Liveryman) – appointed Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath     Ade Adetosoye OBE CBE (Liveryman) – appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire


And many congratulations to Dame Jennie Harries, Chief Executive of the UK Health Security Agency and former pupil at Monmouth School for Girls, who has been... Read More

Haberdasher Liveryman and Lord Mayor of London from 2019 to 2021 Sir William Russell has been made a Knights Bachelor in The Queen's New Year's Honours List.


Sir William has an impressive record of achievement over 20 years through applying his financial knowledge and extensive business networks to deliver important contributions to the development of Fintech and the critical agenda of Green Finance. He was the Chair of the Development Board at the Royal Court Theatre. From initial... Read More

In her 2017 book Black Tudors: The Untold Story Miranda Kaufmann has written a seminal work which challenges the idea that the horrors of late 17th and 18th Century slavery marked the beginning of Africans’ presence in England, exploitation and discrimination their only experience. The book takes the form of ten vivid and wide-ranging true-life stories, sprinkled with dramatic vignettes and specific details that bring each character to life.


A wealthy Moor

Africans were already known to have been living in... Read More

With the opening of the extension to the Northern Line via Nine Elms and Battersea Power Station, as two new stations, it seems timely to recall the origins of the entire Underground and its connection to one of the Haberdashers’ Company Liverymen.


Charles Pearson (1793 – 1862), Haberdasher was a British lawyer and politician. He was solicitor to the City of London, a reforming campaigner, and briefly Member of Parliament for Lambeth. He was born at 25 Clement's Lane in the City of London, the son of Thomas... Read More


Swan upping is the traditional means by which the Mute swans on the Thames are apportioned among three proprietors; this is because ownership of swans on the Thames is shared equally between The Crown, the Vintners’ Company and the Dyers’ Company. [All three are seen surrounding the swans in these pictures - Vintners' red flags; Dyers' blue flags & Royal Insignia]   Its main purposes today are to conduct a census of swans on the Thames and specifically to count and allocate the apportioned... Read More

Haberdasher Past Master Michael Jeans MBE was nominated by the Company for the Lord Mayor's COVID-19 Livery Award for his outstanding work raising money for St Mary's Paddington during the pandemic.

Please see the original story here. The money raised, including Gift Aid, is now around £35,000. Many congratulations Michael - extremely well-deserved!


Michael receiving his award from Lord Mayor William Russell, Liveryman, at the presentation at Mansion House on 19th July

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The portrait of Eliza Hayley, attributed to George Romney, hangs in the Luncheon Room at Haberdashers' Hall.

But who really painted this haunting portrait? And what do we know about the woman it portrays? Lisa Gee discusses Eliza Hayley and her portrait with Lucy Bamford, Senior Curator, Derby Museums and Art Gallery, Dr David Bartle, Company Archivist, Conservator-Restorer Simon Gillespie and Art Historian Alex Kidson, author of George Romney: A Complete Catalogue of his Paintings (Yale University Press).

Eliza's letters read by Dora Gee.... Read More


The Haberdashers’ Company is very sorry to announce the sad death of Past Master George Pulman QC. George died suddenly on the 15th of January from a heart attack, at home with his wife Penny.

Having entered our Company as an Apprentice to Penny’s father, George embraced the Haberdashers and took the time to get to know everyone. He went out of his way to bring a new guest to every event, had many Apprentices, and is directly responsible for dozens of Liverymen and Freemen joining our Company. His wedding... Read More