Have you ever wondered what is involved in petitioning, ie. applying for, a grant of arms in the United Kingdom? A coat of arms are inheritable intellectual property granted by the Crown to a single named person and their heirs.
This talk, presentation and practical workshop is aimed at those persons who might be considering petitioning the Crown for a grant of arms and are interested to learn 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 City of London 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 and the Heradlry Society.
We are delighted that York Herald of Arms in Ordinary, Peter O'Donoghue Esq, will join us for this workshop.
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 includes a buffet lunch and 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.
I've seen a high street shop offering to sell my Coat of Arms, surely that must be legitimate?
See the answer to the previous question.
What are my transport options for getting to the event?
Bedern Hall is within the medieval precincts of York. Arriving by public transport is preferrable.
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?