The Medieval Guildhall – a London nerve centre for 2,000 years – sculpture, monuments and art in this hidden gem – Ian Swankie
In the centre of the City of London stands its ancient headquarters, the medieval Guildhall. The present building dates from 1411 and remarkably is still in use today. The crypts are even earlier, and the whole building stands on the site of London’s Roman amphitheatre. It contains a wealth of wonderful artistic pieces that commemorate significant events over the centuries, including victories at Trafalgar and Waterloo. This lecture describes the Guildhall exterior and interior and explores its fascinating monuments, how they came about and what they represent.
A Londoner with a passion for art and architecture. He is an official guide at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Guildhall Art Gallery and St Paul’s Cathedral, and gives regular tours at each venue. Also a qualified and active freelance London guide and a member of both the City of London and Westminster Guide Lecturer Associations. Clients include NADFAS and WEA groups, Transport for London, the National Trust and London Open House. In 2012 he established a weekly independent art lecture group in Richmond and gives talks on a variety of subjects.