Commemoration of the Centenary of Womens’ Suffrage

More than 100 women will receive the Freedom of the City of London to commemorate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Last year, the City Corporation agreed to mark 100 years of female suffrage with the award of the Freedom by inviting members of the Court of Common Council and colleagues in their City of London Wards to nominate candidates.

The Freedom of the City of London is believed to have begun in 1237 and enabled recipients to carry out their trade; and today, people are nominated for, or apply for, the Freedom, because it offers them a link with the historic City of London and one of its ancient traditions.

The Freedom is also offered to individuals by the City of London Corporation to help celebrate a significant achievement, or to pay tribute to their outstanding contribution to London life or public life.
The City Corporation is the fourth largest funder of heritage and cultural activities in the UK and invests over £100m every year.

Elena Leva, Events Manager for Herbert Berger, was nominated for the Freedom of the City from our ward councillors Alderman Alison Gowman, Henry Pollard and Mark Wheatley.

On Thursday 21st April 2019, Elena was in attendance at Guildhall for her ceremony with friends, family and colleagues where Murray Craig, Clerk to the Chamberlain’s Court, conducted her ceremony.

In true Innholders’ fashion, everybody came back to Innholders’ Hall for a celebration lunch.