The Carmen’s Company is 500 years old and dedicated to transport improvement. Seven hundred members meet in fellowship to serve the City, support the Crown,improve movement and mobility, and help those in need.
Members fund charity to educate, assist, and equip pupils, students, the disabled, carers and transport causes. – and to build a learning centre to enhance and develop the occupation of carmen for public benefit.
The Heritage Trust will restore, equip and operate the Old School – with a meeting and lecture room, museum, learning space and hot desks, helping other guilds, small charities, and London schoolchildren.
The 1834 Sunday School sits between St Dunstan’s and the one-time site of Sweeney Todd’s barbershop. Its arched entrance holds London’s only 16th century statue of Elizabeth I – and mythical King Lud and sons.
It needs re-roofing, new services, a platform lift for churchgoers, as well as Carmen, inside lift, kitchens, panelling, flooring, lighting, display space, storage, office facilities, cloakrooms, AV gear and furniture.
The first floor will be multi-purpose: Court Room, gallery, lecture hall, pupils’ workspace, lunch or reception venue – plus a small museum; the second, offices, hot desks, and learning spaces.
The extendable 125 year lease costs £1,160,000. The repairs, restoration, fitting out and furniture will add over £750,000. We’ve raised over £880k, thanks to generous benefactors. Now we need another £1m+.
Every Carman has a virtual Loving Cup – if you don’t know how to celebrate birthdays etc, just fill your Cup and we’ll send a card. £500 is a cupful – your name on the actual Carmen500 Loving Cup, if you wish.
The bigger money buys you part of the Old School: works, equipment, furniture, and your name can be there in perpetuity - from chair to chandelier, hot desk to disabled access, stained glass to cinescreen.