Today sees the long anticipated re-opening of the Guildhall Art Gallery which included a new Heritage Gallery. Last night I attended the special reception of the launch which inclued Dame Helen Ghosh, the Director General of the National Trust and the Lord Chief Justice, Baron Thomas of Cwmgiedd, and I was lucky to see the new fabulous display before it opens to the general public today. The centrepiece of the new display is a copy of the 1297 Magana Carta.*
Did you know that the City of London Corporation is the 3rd largest sponsor of the Arts in the UK after BBC and the Arts Council?
The City of London Corporation have an outstanding public art collection including the finest surviving 13th century version of the Magna Carta in existance, where London is the only city specifically to be named.
The Heritage Centre is planning to have a rotating selection of rare and fascinating documents and in the future line up the purchase deeds of William Shakespeare's house which carries his signature, one of only six examples in the world, will be on display.
The exquisitely detailed medieval Cartae Antiquae, which was a handbook for the City of London officials containing transcripts of charters and statutes of law.
The City commemorates the beginning of World War One with a reruitment meeting poster dating from 1914.
For more information about the City of London Heritage Gallery Launch, please see
The Guildhall Art Gallery is only one of the treasures in the historic Guildhall Complex. There is also the Roman Amphitheatre which is in the art gallery's lower level, the Guildhall Library (which host interesting exhibitions and holds regular free events), St Lawrence Jewry (a beautiful church designed by Christopher Wren) and the magnificent Great Hall. All of which are free to visit.
Look out for a fabulous and informative booklet called Guildhall Galleries. Where London began which is provides an excellent guide to the area.
If you've visited this blog post before you might have noticed it has been updated and the pictures relating to the Gallery's re-hanging have been removed but they will feature in a new blog post when the Guildhall Art Gallery's refurbishment has been completed.
Address: Guildhall Art Gallery & Roman London's Amphitheatre, Guildhall Yard (off Gresham Street), London, EC2V 5AE
Nearest Tube Stations: Bank or Moorgate
Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 12 noon - 4pm
Website: Guildhall Art Gallery
*Visit http://magnacarta800th.com for more details about events and exhibitions to mark the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta
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The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds