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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): COL/RMD/CE

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1634-2002

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 64.2 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Corporation of London


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Office of Remembrancer was instituted in 1571. The traditional role is as the channel of communications between the City of London on the one hand and the Sovereign, Royal Household and Parliament on the other. The Remembrancer is also the City's Ceremonial Officer and Chief of Protocol.

The Remembrancer's department at the City of London is broken into three distinct branches of work - parliamentary, ceremonial and private events. The parliamentary office is responsible for looking after the City of London's interests in Parliament with regard to all public legislation, while the ceremonial office's objectives are to enable the Lord Mayor and City of London to welcome high profile visitors both domestically and internationally. Finally, the private events team co-ordinate the hiring of the Guildhall for private banquets, receptions or conferences.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Remembrancer's Department, Corporation of London, relating to ceremonials, including papers relating to the organisation of various ceremonies and entertainments, 1814-2000; entertainment cards, entertainment books and day books, all containing examples of invitation cards, envelopes, ball, concert and dance programmes, tickets, menus, instructions to coach men, covering letters, orders of procession, news cuttings, speeches for Lord Mayor's Day and other ceremonies, arranged by ceremony, 1837-2000; entertainments letter books, 1883-1977 and ceremonial books, 1789-1991; papers relating to the organisation and events of Lord Mayor's Day and its associated ceremonies including correspondence from the Remembrancer's department relating to the arrangements for the Procession, Banquet, and associated ceremonies, Banquet Invitation cards, Menu Cards, Procession programmes, photographs, speeches, addresses, and reports to and by various committees, 1698-1991; minutes of the Lord Mayor and Sheriff's Committee for Lord Mayor's Days, 1960-1977; tickets and invitations to Lord Mayor's Day events, 1791-1970; ticket registers, listing invitees, 1881-1979; extracts, historical notes and articles relating to Lord Mayor's Day, 1698-1987; order of the Court of Aldermen for the punishment of rude and disorderly persons who throw stones, filth and other injurious things about the streets during the procession to and from Westminster on Lord Mayor's Day, 1701; route of procession, 1833-1923; papers relating to the Lord Mayor's Banquet, 1634-2002, including bills and accounts, orders for the correct reception of the monarch and souvenir programmes. Please note that some of these records are closed.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

In sections according to catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Corporation of London Records Office


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

For papers relating to Corporation of London entertainments, events and ceremonials see COL/CC/ENC: Entertainments Committee, COL/SJ: Subject series - subjects, COL/SP: Subject series - places, COL/MH/AD: Mansion House: Administration and COL/MH/LM: Mansion House: Lord Mayor.

Publication note:



Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2009

Local government personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Parades | Cultural events | Leisure time activities | Leisure

Personal names

Corporate names
Lord Mayor and Sheriff's Committee for Lord Mayor's Days | Remembrancer's Department | Corporation of London
Remembrancer's Department | Corporation of London
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London

City of London | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Westminster | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
City of Westminster