Heritage

Geoffrey has been a very visible and active member of a number of heritage organisations and initiatives both in his native East Midlands and in the City of London. In Nottingham he was a Founder Trustee of the City’s world renowned ‘Galleries of Justice’ and he is Chairman of the Papplewick Pumping Station Trust, amongst many other regional involvements.

In the City of London Geoffrey is…

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Stained Glass Catalogue

Geoffrey Bond has had a lifelong interest in stained glass and is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass London. In 1998 he sponsored and paid for a catalogue raisonne of the Charles Eamer Kempe windows in Hucknall Church Nottinghamshire, one of the most comprehensive sets of Kempe windows. The catalogue was written by Adrian Barlow of Oxford, Hon Secretary of the Kempe Society.

In 2012, the Olympic year, Geoffrey thought of the idea and sponsored a catalogue raisonne of the windows of St Lawrency Jewry in the City of London, the first to be published of this important set of post war windows was created when the church was rebuilt after being destroyed on 29th December 1940. The craftsmen involved were Christopher Webb and Lawrence Lee. The introduction to the catalogue was written by Canon David Parrott, Guild Vicar of St Lawrence Jewry.’

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Architectural Heritage

Geoffrey Bond is Chairman of Trustees and has been Chairman of Trustees of Papplewick Pumping Station which is off Longdale Lane, Nr Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire and is one of Europe’s great industrial monuments. The Pumping Station built in 1884 is the finest surviving fresh water Victorian Pumping Station in the world still able to use its original Lancashire boilers to drive the engines. It is a veritable cathedral to water with its wonderful stained glass windows of water lilies and fishes of the local rivers and housing two magnificent beam engines built by James Watt & Co of the Soho Works, Birmingham. The building is also a schedule property and volunteers steam and run the engines on 8 occasions during the year, details through the website www.papplewickpumpingstation.org.uk for further information. The postal address is Rigg Lane, Ravenshead, Nottingham NG15 9AJ. Telephone Number: 01159 632938.

The Trust was formed in 1974 to save the engines of which a Founder Trustee and now the Chairman is Geoffrey Bond who also created WET (Water Education Trust) to tell young people about the importance of water in the environment.

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Byron Publications

In 2010 he wrote a paper published in The Transactions of the Thoroton Society of Nottinghamshire, the paper entitled ‘Byron at Burgage Manor 1803-1808’.

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Byron Publications

In 2012 he was the publisher for a unique bilingual edition of two famous poems by Lord Byron, ‘Parisina’ and ‘Darkness’ translated from the English into the French by the well known brilliant French scholar, Daniele Sarrat, for which she received high academic acclaim.

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Byron Publications

In addition to his recent book on the poet Byron and his love of animals, Geoffrey Bond has written other material on the poet including contributing to ‘Byron: The Image of the Poet’, edited by Dr Christine Kenyon-Jones, published 2010, authors including Germaine Greer. Geoffrey’s chapter being on ‘Byron Memorabilia’.

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Educational Trusts (CITY OF LONDON)

As a former Sheriff of the City of London in 2004, Geoffrey Bond established in 2010 The Lord Mayor of the City of London Cultural Scholarship scheme which each summer places young people from Inner London schools with heritage institutions, such as the Buckingham Palace, Victorian & Albert Museum, the Royal Opera House, the Guildhall Art Gallery, Keats House, London Museum, the Horniman Museum and others, giving them an opportunity to see heritage at work and helping to promote the City of London and its cultural economy. The Patron is The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London, together with distinguished Vice Patrons, Alderman Nick Anstee, a former Lord Mayor of London, The Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Dr Munira Mirza, Sir Andrew Motion and others.

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Exhibition & Archives

From 22nd June to 23rd September 2012 there was the biggest exhibition of its kind since the 1960’s at the Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London entitled ‘Butcher, Baker, Candlestick-Maker: 850 Years of London Livery Company Treasures’. The exhibition took Geoffrey 2½ years to curate and showed treasures of the Livery Companies of the City of London from over 850 years ago to date, showing their great contribution through the centuries and how this continues today. There were over 160 different items in the exhibition which received over 14,000 visitors during the period of its opening. HRH The Princess Royal was a visitor to the exhibition.

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Educational Trusts (Norway)

With his strong connections with the country of Norway, Geoffrey Bond was the Honorary Consul for Norway for the whole of the Midlands for over 30 years, in October 2002 he created ‘The City of London Bridge Ward Club Norwegian Business Scholars Trust’ which has successfully brought over from the top Business School in Norway, the BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo, to the Cass Business School, City University London, a top scholar to have a six week placement with a City institution and then the balance of the autumn term at Cass Business School before returning to Oslo.

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Porcelain Curator

He is the Curator of the Charles Norman Collection of 18th century Derby porcelain believed to be the finest of its kind in the world and on permanent loan at the Usher Gallery, Museum of Lincoln. The first catalogue was published in 1996, the second edition in 2012 which gives very full descriptions and colour photographs of each object in the collection. Letitia Roberts, a New York based porcelain scholar said of the collection ‘No serious collector in any field ever loses sight of, rarity, quality and condition, all of which qualities the collection meets.’

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