Note: This workshop was originally advertised to take place on the 8th December. It has now moved a few days earlier to the 5th December.
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 the Crown for a grant of arms and interested in learning more about the process and practicalities involved. No prior knowledge of heraldry, the law of arms, or blazon the language of coats of arms, is expected or required.
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. Plenty of exhibits of how heraldry can be used in practice will also be shown.
You will gain insight in to the exprience from the perspective of the pettioner, learn hints and tips that will enhance your experience of petitioning. Myths and misconceptions about heraldry will be dispelled, and preconceived ideas of eligibility trounced thereby increasing your confidence in approaching the College of Arms.
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?