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Director of Ravensbourne, Professor Linda Drew, was cloathed as a ‘Liveryman’ of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers at the traditional cloathing ceremony last night (Tuesday 25 July) at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London.

The Stationers' Company is the City of London Livery Company for the communications and content industries.

Livery Companies were first created by groups of medieval tradesmen who joined together to promote, protect and regulate their trades. The Company was founded in 1403 when manuscript writers and illuminators formed a guild, taking the name ‘Stationers’ from the fact that they had stopped being itinerant vendors and had set up fixed stalls in St Paul’s Churchyard. At the end of the 15th century, the Stationers embraced printing which was the new technology of the day. In 1557 they received a Royal Charter in which they were given a monopoly in printing and the responsibility to check and register all books produced in England;  they became a Livery Company in 1560.

Today the Stationers’ Company has over 800 members, the vast majority of whom are senior executives in the complete range of trades and sectors across the communications and content industries, from paper, print, publishing, packaging, newspapers, office products, broadcasting and online media. The Company is also heavily involved with and draws members from educational institutions such as Ravensbourne, which provide training and qualifications for those looking to enter and progress within the industry. It strives to be one of the most effective independent business and social forums for the UK communications and content industries contributing to strategic development, success and education within these industries.

Professor Linda Drew said: “It is a huge honour to be recognised in this way. I’m very much looking forward to meeting other Liverymen so we can learn from each other, share ideas and together develop strategies for the future of our industries which are vital to global economic health.”

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