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The College of Arms, London
Monday 02 September 2019

Please note there are two alternative dates for this visit:

 Monday 2 and Wednesday 11 September 2019

Cost £40, which includes hosting by an Officer of The College of Arms, guided tour, gratuities and buffet supper with wine. 

N.B. No transport to or from The College of Arms is included in the price.

This exceptional visit is one where members will find their own way to and from the London venue, thus reducing costs for all involved, and allowing members flexibility in what they wish to do prior to, and after, the visit. We are strictly limited to 20 people visiting The College at any one time, and for this reason we have procured two dates for members to choose to attend.

The College of Arms was founded by a Royal Charter granted by Richard III in 1484 and has since then created and maintained official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees. The heralds who make up the College are members of the Royal Household and act under Crown Authority. Central activities include: the granting of new coats of arms; the registration of family trees; genealogical and heraldic research; advising central and local government, corporate bodies and private individuals on all aspects of heraldry. The College is also the authority for matters relating to the flying of flags, and holds the only official registers of flags for the UK and much of the Commonwealth. At the core of the College of Arms is a vast manuscript archive of heraldic and genealogical material which has been gathered and preserved over the centuries.

On each visit we will be met by one of the Officers of Arms, who will then speak about the history of heraldry and the rôle of the Heralds, and how they run their practices. After this we spend about an hour in the Record Room where we will be shown a selection of Records dating back to 1484. We then have a chance to relax with a glass of wine as the Officer talks about the architecture of the building. Our buffet supper is next, and we depart the College of Arms at approx. 9:45 p.m.

The current building was erected in the 1670s, to replace the original building (built in 1555) which was destroyed in The Great Fire of London in 1666. For this reason facilities are not fully accessible for those with limited mobility (toilets on third floor, stair access only). We will also be venturing from room to room, across the various floors of the building, and opportunities to sit down will be limited during the tour.

 Due to limitations on numbers, we can only accommodate 20 members on each evening.

Please note that once a place on a tour is confirmed, no refunds will be available in this instance.