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A Practical Guide to Petitioning for a Grant of Arms
Mon 19 September 2016, 18:00 – 21:00 BST
Update: This event is now SOLD OUT, a futher workshop is scheduled for 8th December in London, book online for that event here: coatofarms.eventbrite.co.uk
Have you ever wondered what is involved in petitioning (applying for) a grant of arms in the United Kingdom?
This talk, presentation and practical workshop is aimed at those persons who might be considering petitioning for a grant of arms and those interested in learning more about the process and practicalities involved. No prior knowledge of heraldry or the language of coats of arms (blazon) is expected or required.
Participants will have the opportunity to prepare their own petition, design their own arms, consider the various options, gather evidence for their petition and learn more about the process, timescale and costs.
The workshop will be led by two Liverymen with very recent experience of successfully petitioning for a grant of arms - both of whom are members of the Cambridge University Heraldic & Genealogical Society.
There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and gain insights in to matters such as the intricacies of the petitioning process, the role of the officers of arms (Kings, Heralds and Pursuivants), the legal standing of coats of arms in the United Kingdom and the various heraldic authorities in the Commonwealth Realms.
The workshop will open with a drinks reception and canapés, refreshments will be available throughout. Every participant will receive a copy of 'A Practical Guide to Petitioning for Arms' in electronic format.
Come armed (pun intended) with lots of questions and be prepared to leave the workshop eager to submit your own petition to HM College of Arms.
What is the dress code for the event?
Business attire is appropriate.
Surely I can just purchase my family's crest from a website?
Websites offering to sell you your family 'crest' or coat of arms are as legitimate as those selling miracle cures or left over bricks from the Berlin Wall.
What are my transport options for getting to the event?
The nearest Tube station to IT Hall is Barbican which is a 2 minute walk from the Hall.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?