College of Arms, London. Detail of photograph by Andreas Praefcke. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 unported.

study visits

College of Arms

  • Thursday 27 April 2023
    (6.15pm for 6.30pm start-9pm)
  • College of Arms, 130 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4BT
  • Guide: Adam Tuck

The College of Arms was founded in 1484 and has since then created and maintained official registers of coats of arms and pedigrees. The heralds who make up the College are members of the Royal Household and act under Crown Authority. Activities include: granting of new coats of arms; registration of family trees; genealogical and heraldic research. The College is also the authority for matters relating to the flying of flags.

The Heralds advise on matters relating to the peerage and baronetage, precedence and ceremonial. They have a role in UK state ceremonial and assist the Earl Marshal in the organisation of state ceremonies including Coronations and State Funerals. The College of Arms also has a vast manuscript archive of heraldic and genealogical material.

During our bespoke visit we will hear about the history of heraldry, the role of the Heralds, the architecture of the building and the College’s practices. We will also enjoy the unique opportunity of visiting the Record Room and seeing a selection of College records and other heraldic manuscripts dating back to the middle ages. The official monogram of King Charles III was designed by the College of Arms.


 Adam Tuck was appointed by the Queen to the office of Rouge Dragon Pursuivant of Arms on 12 June 2019. He has an MA in History, from the University of Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) and an MA in Graphic Design, from the University of the Arts London (London College of Communication). Outside his heraldic work he has been a graphic designer for over ten years, including working as the in-house designer at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

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This event is fully booked. Members may apply for one of the limited number of waiting list places, but no payment should be made. If a place becomes available, the waiting list will be contacted in chronological order and payment will be requested at that time. Please contact the event organiser if in doubt.

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