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The History Committee

The History Committee is a Committee of the Court and exists to encourage the study and promotion of the Company’s history, primarily through its “Heritage Talks”.

You can find full Terms of Reference for the Committee here.


Hugh Carson (Chairman) Fenella Billington
The Master (ex officio) Mervyn Bassett
Dudley Buchanan Professor Caroline Barron
William Fell Dr Penny Carson (Co-opted)
Richard Sax James Winterbotham (Co-opted)
Jeremy Orme  

The Committee meets three times a year. The upcoming dates are:

  • Tuesday 18 February 2020
  • Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • Tuesday 27 October 2020

You can find more dates in the Company Diary.

You can contact the Committee or request a copy of the minutes of the most recent meeting by emailing membership@skinners.org.uk


Vair, Ermine and Sable: Fashions in Fur and Heraldry in the Later Middle Ages - Monday 6th April 2020 (booking page available soon)

For a full list of all upcoming Skinners' events please click here.


Livery Companies and Dining with Professor Sarah Milne - 4th November 2019 - You can find out about this event here

“When the Fur Flew”, An Oral History of the Fur Trade - April 2019 - You can read about the talk and download slides and other printed material here.

Armistice Commemoration - November 2018 - Skinners gathered to commemorate Company members that died in the First World War and to hear a presentation given by Past Master John Hitchins based on his research into the Skinners listed on the Company’s War memorial. You can read more about the Commemoration and see a copy of the commemorative booklet here.

"A History of the Company in 6 or 7 Objects" - April 2018 - As the title suggests the speakers used 6 or 7 priceless Company objects to provide fascinating glimpses into the Company’s history. You can look through the presentation slides here, and you will find the speaker biographies here.


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