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January 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Our Winter Livery Dinner this year takes place at the magnificent Goldsmiths’ Hall, which we last visited in January 2017. Common Hall will take place at 6pm with pre-dinner drinks from 6.45pm and dinner at 7.30pm.

Our principal guest at dinner will be the author and historian Julie Summers.

Julie Summers is one of Britain’s foremost social historians. The author of thirteen works of non-fiction, including the best-selling book Jambusters, she was listed as one of only four women in the top fifty historians in Britain in 2015. Jambustersinspired the ITV drama series Home Fires, which ran for two seasons and had a regular television audience of over six million.

Born on the Wirral and brought up in Cheshire, Julie spent the first half of her career working in the art world. However she had always wanted to be a writer and when the opportunity arose to work on a biography of her great uncle, Sandy Irvine, she took it with relish. Fearless on Everestwas published in 2000 and was followed by The Colonel of Tamarkan(2005), a biography of Brigadier Sir Philip Toosey, the ‘real’ colonel who built the Bridge on the River Kwai. Since then she has been exploring the impact of the Second World War on people’s lives, with particular focus on women and children on the Home Front. Stranger in the Houselooked at how women coped when the men came home from the war, while When the Children Came Homeexamined the impact ofevacuation on family life in the war’s aftermath. This area has been largely ignored by historians but it represents some of the most important and challenging aspects of the war.

Julie’s latest book, Our Uninvited Guests: The Secret Lives of Britain’s Country Houses 1939 – 45was published in March 2018. It offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in some of Britain’s greatest country houses that were occupied by people who would never otherwise have set foot in such opulent surroundings. She is currently working on a biography of the wartime editor of Vogue, Audrey Withers, due to be published February 2020.

Tickets are £110 each and can be reserved by using the booking form available here.

Please note that, for this Livery Dinner, we revert to the normal rules of colleagues or business guests only.

Booking will close on Friday 17 January. A reminder that the dress code will be “black tie”, but gentlemen members of the Company are encouraged to wear a ruby coloured bow tie, recognising our ruby anniversary year.



January 30
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm