Over the past 10 years London Studies 1 has researched and visited a large number of London’s most historical buildings, societies and communities. Their March visit, organised by Roz Gooding, was up there as one of the best, encompassing several hundred years of history at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. This organisation lies at the heart of the early foundations of modern-day medicine and remains an important, active and innovative medical institution today. The Society plays a key role in the advancement of specialist areas of medicine, and in the on-going post-graduate education and qualification of practitioners.
Steeped in tradition, the Society was founded by Royal Charter in 1617 and is one of the few livery companies in the City of London to remain professionally based with over 85 per cent of its membership belonging to professions allied to medicine. The group had an excellent tour led by Dr John Ford who outlined the history of the Society and its role over the centuries as well as explaining how they examine current students.