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Spring 2024 - Events to look forward to

As we enter March and thoughts turn towards spring and the much-anticipated warmer weather, we at the Guild of Mercers Scholars have our own programme of events over the coming months for our members to look forward to. Details of the varied events taking place are given below.

We hope you will find something that interests you. Be aware that we have had strong demand for certain events and we recommend that you book in as soon as possible to secure your place.

For those of you disappointed not to obtain a ticket for our Sheep Drive on Sunday 29 September, we are pleased to announce that a further batch of 10 tickets have been secured for a drive taking place shortly after our first drive on the day. We expect these to be sold very quickly and suggest that you reserve your spot as soon as you can using the booking link below. 

Saturday 13th April 2024 at 11:30am – Tour of the Old Operating Theatre - 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY

A visit to the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe. Discover this unique chapter in the history of medicine and surgery, located in the early eighteenth-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital. Tickets cost only £9 per person for adults and £7 for over 60s and students. Our tour at 11:30am will be followed by lunch (at individual cost), with the day concluding at 2pm.

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Thursday 18 April 2024 at 6:15pm for 6:30pm - Speaker Series: Tony Paice - 'Overkill and Underkill' - Guildhall

Our Past Master Tony Paice will host an evening discussing his recently published book ‘Overkill or Underkill’, covering his personal involvement in the events surrounding the Gulf War and the Iraqi takeover of Kuwait in 1990. Of particular interest will be the seizure of British Airways Flight 149 and the hundreds of passengers which were taken hostage. Join us at the Guildhall in London for what is sure to be a fascinating look back at events which continue to have an impact today, especially the lives of those held hostage for months in Iraq. Light refreshments will be served from 6:15pm, with the talk commencing at 6:30pm. The evening is due to conclude at 7:45pm. For Court members, the talk will take place following the conclusion of the Lady Day court meeting.

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