Rich heritage in a progressive world

The origins of the Apothecaries can be traced back to the Guild of Pepperers, formed in 1180. The Apothecaries with their specialist skills petitioned for a separation from the Grocers’ Company, eventually succeeding under the leadership of Gideon de Laune. King James I granted the Apothecaries their Charter of Incorporation on 6th December, 1617. Drugs were made and sold at the Hall until 1922.
Today the Society has a thriving
membership and an active academic programme and prizes. This includes Faculties in the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy, and in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine. It runs seven postgraduate diplomas. The Society has a major charitable focus, particularly supporting impoverished medical students; this has been enhanced by its recent successful 400th Anniversary Appeal.
It also contributes to City functions and runs a varied social programme. As it marks its 400th Anniversary, the Society remains committed to its historic role in supporting the professions of Medicine and Pharmacy, and looks forward to meeting the needs of the next four hundred years.

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Courses & Examinations

Courses & Examinations

The Society administers a number of important, post-graduate, diploma courses and examinations in medicine, attracting candidates from across the globe

Hiring Apothecaries

Hiring Apothecaries' Hall

Apothecaries' Hall, close to St Paul's Catherdal, is a magnificent building, steeped in history, offering superb facilities for conferences, meetings, receptions and banquets.

Heritage

Heritage

The Society's Archives and Collections are amongst the finest in the world of medicine, with a thriving Friends group that provides invaluable assistance with conservation and acquisition