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Watch and listen to Event 1

January 27th, 2019

Event 1 exploring the historical research conducted by Queen Mary University London was filmed.

In the film below Master Entrepreneur and founder of Raleigh 400 Peter Hewitt tells us why he has created the programme. With workshops facilitated by Guild of Entrepreneur Freemen we hear from them along with Professor Jerry Brotton who gave a keynote presentation on Raleigh, his life and his expoits as an entrepreneur of his age.

The keynote and closing panel sessions were recorded and can be heard on the Guild of Entrepreneur’s official Podcast page by clicking here 


Raleigh400 Event 1 – a historian’s view

December 13th, 2018

Yesterday evening, 12th December saw all the hard work and planning come together when a combination of 120+ sixth form students and some of the most senior liverymen from the City came together to explore Raleigh’s history, his entrepreneurial legacy and explore whether he would be relevant today, in the 21st century. In a nod to the historical context, Raleigh400 supporter, the Guild of Entrepreneur’s own Honorary Historian James Mellor, came along to document the event.  (more…)

Sir Walter Raleigh and the Uncertain Future of Space Travel

December 12th, 2018

Originally published November 6th, 2014 by the New Yorker

Long before last Friday’s crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo in the Mojave Desert, the economist Brent Lane had been thinking about failed missions and Sir Richard Branson, Virgin’s adventurous founder. Lane, a professor of heritage economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the director of the school’s Carolina Center for Competitive Economies, isn’t an expert on space travel—far from it. He is, instead, a scholar of the explorer Sir Walter Raleigh and of entrepreneurial finance, and, for several months before Friday’s crash, which claimed the life of a test pilot, Lane had been pondering parallels between Raleigh’s sixteenth-century sea voyages and twenty-first-century space exploration. (more…)

Raleigh 400 Sets Sail

November 22nd, 2018

After months of planning we are only three weeks away from the first event of our R400 programme. (more…)

The other “Raleigh 400”

October 29th, 2018

We’re not the only people celebrating the life of Sir Walter. Michael Downes, now a Devonian, has his own interest in this Great Briton. He is publishing a fascinating blog which we would urge anyone with an interest to follow. Click here to read

He has shared this recent post paying thanks to Tuckers Hall for their generous loan of artefacts of the period for the Raleigh 400 exhibition at Fairlynch.

Click here to read the Tuckers Hall post

‘The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana’

October 26th, 2018

Radio 4’s documentary about Raleigh’s search for El Dorado has aired. Professor Jerry Brotton’s fascinating documentary can be heard here

Radio 4… In search of El Dorado – 26th October 11am

October 21st, 2018

Don’t forget to tune in this Friday to hear Jerry Brotton speak of Raleigh’s journey to find the mythological golden bounty in what is now modern day Guyana. (more…)

Events in Raleigh North Carolina to celebrate his life

October 15th, 2018

We have became aware of two events that are being hosting at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh’s death. (more…)

Launch Announcement

October 7th, 2018


Celebrating Sir Walter Raleigh – perhaps the UK’s most influential entrepreneur

On 29th October this year, thoughts will turn to events 400 years ago when Elizabethan mariner, Member of Parliament, entrepreneur and polymath Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at the Palace of Westminster upon the orders of James 1st. This will be especially poignant for one of his direct descendants Peter Hewitt, who, like his predecessor is a highly respected City of London entrepreneur and politician, having served as Alderman for the Ward of Aldgate. (more…)

26th Oct at 11am Radio 4 documentary on Raleigh and El Dorado

September 17th, 2018

In 1595, Sir Walter Raleigh sailed to South America in search of the fabled ‘El Dorado’. Gold had long fascinated Europeans and he was determined that his expedition would bring back untold treasures. In the end there was little to show for it except his remarkable account of the journey, ‘The Discoverie of the Large, Rich and Bewtiful Empyre of Guiana’. Jerry Brotton takes this as his guide as he travels to Trinidad, Raleigh’s staging post for the journey, and then into modern day Guyana just to the south of Raleigh’s original exploration. (more…)