The Fire Lecture 2016 remembered the great fire of 1666
and celebrated the strength and resilience of the City today

The 6th Annual Fire Lecture was held at the Insurance Hall during the evening of the 7th July. Samuel Pepys, Christopher Wren, John Evelyn, Nicholas Barbon, Robert Hubert and Thomas Farynor, cleverly portrayed by artists of Spectrum Drama, enthusiastically entertained an almost capacity audience, reliving the life and times of 1666.  James Dalton, a Director of the Association of British Insurers, captured the plight of London in those times, to describe how the emergence of fire insurance and the development of firefighting had influenced the growth, strength and resilience of the City today. Dr Christine Rigden, Sheriff of the City of London, brought the lecture to a close with an address which reinforced the value of insurance and appropriate regulation to safeguard the City and briefly described the City Corporation’s initiatives to celebrate this 350th anniversary which is particularly the City’s.

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At the conclusion, the Master presented Dr Rigden with a cheque for the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and a gift of a Great Fire Commemorative Plate as a memento of the occasion. The Prize Draw, open to ticket purchasers, was announced by Liveryman Claire Mansi as a behind-the-scenes tour of Lloyd’s and Trevor Jennings, Lloyd’s Property Services Manager, thanked for making the visit possible. The ten lucky winners of the draw were asked to identify themselves. All had appreciated and enjoyed the tour.  Gifts of our Great Fire plates were then presented by Liveryman Marianne Fredericks to James Dalton and the Spectrum Drama performers; following which the Master and Wardens hosted a splendid buffet reception for guests and delegates who enjoyed a memorable occasion. All feedback has been reassuringly positive.

More images of the Fire Lecture 2016 can be seen on our Flickr account

James Dalton

James Dalton
Director of General Insurance at the ABI

Presented an examination of the growth of fire insurance. 
His paper can be seen here.

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