Congratulations to our Managing Director Kathryn McDowell, who was granted the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony at the Guildhall yesterday (1 June 2017).
Freedom of the City is one of the oldest surviving traditional ceremonies still in existence today, is believed to have been first presented in 1237. Once awarded to the City's tradespeople, bringing privileges including the right to drive their livestock over London's bridges to Smithfield Market without incurring tolls, in the modern era Freedom is usually granted to people with a London connection in recognition of service or achievement.
Kathryn joins a long list of Freemen of the City including Lord Nelson, Florence Nightingale, Winston Churchill, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and J.K.Rowling.
This film, made in 2013, explains this fascinating and ancient tradition of the City of London: