Informal trade guilds began to form during the early Middle Ages and these associations would become the first Livery Companies. For example, groups of fishmonger traders are known to have operated collectively in the City long before the Company was founded by Royal Charter in 1272.
Originally charged to act as formal governance bodies for their namesake trades, the Companies also offered fraternal, religious and social aspects to their members.
As the Company and its Membership grew over time, their focus shifted towards the relief of poverty and wider charitable purposes, beginning with donations and bequests from the membership.
It is the stregthening of these philanthropic roots over the centuries that have driven the Fishmongers to act as a force for good in the modern world.
To ensure the Hall and our collection remain accessible to the public, we offer guided tours for groups of 6 (minimum) and up to 30 (maximum) people throughout the year. Each tour lasts around 90 minutes, and is conducted by Peter Capon, our Head of Collection. The cost of the tour is £15 per person, including refreshments, all of which goes to directly to our Fishmongers’ Charitable Trust.
Please note that due to high demand, availability of tours are limited. For enquiries about tours, please visit our enquiries page here, making sure you choose Hall Tours on the drop down menu.
Peter is responsible for the management and care of the Company’s diverse collection, in conjunction with preserving and maintaining the historic fabric of Fishmongers’ Hall (a Grade II*-listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument) alongside the Facilities Team. He is the main liaison with Historic England and serves as the guardian of the Company’s ‘memory’ through his stewardship of the Company archives.
Having joined the Company in 2015, Peter brought his experience working in the museums and galleries of the wider Heritage Sector and continues to implement a programme of best-practice conservation projects and proactive collection management within Fishmongers’ Hall.