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Sydney Selwyn Lectures 2020

On 6th October the Faculty of History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy held their first autumn lecture by Zoom. Dr Andrew Papanikitas chaired the meeting. Dr Sara Dahlen, Winner of the Selwyn Medal gave a talk on An examination of sex versus gender identity in the General Medical Council’s Tran Healthcare Ethical Advice. Professor […]


Welcome to our new Academic Registrar!

On 7 September 2020, the Academic Department of the Society welcomed its new Academic Registrar, Dr Cornelius O’Boyle, to the Hall. Trained as an historian of medicine at Cambridge, Cornelius has published widely in the field of medieval natural philosophy and has lectured extensively in Europe and North America on the interactions between science, religion […]


Galen Seminar 2020

This year’s Galen Awards ceremony was hosted by the Master Apothecary, Professor Michael Farthing and took place as a seminar on Zoom, on Wednesday 15 July 2020. A link to the recording of the ceremony can be viewed by clicking here. The Society is unique in combining the responsibilities of a City of London Livery […]


Welcome to the new History of Medicine,Course Director – Dr Anna Simmons

The Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy welcomes Dr Anna Simmons as the new History of Medicine, Course Director. Biography: Dr Anna Simmons has been associated with the Society of Apothecaries for more than twenty years, having completed her PhD on its chemical and pharmaceutical trading activities in 2004. Her research […]


Poetry through Quarantine

We invited you to share your poems about how we live through and respond to crises. We were delighted with the response.   Your poems covered the initial confusion of being in lockdown and strategies for coping with confinement. You also wrote about new customs and behaviours, trying to do our best to help, finding solace […]


Celebrating Women in History, Science and the Arts

The Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy had its first event celebrating International Women’s Day on Thursday, 5th March 2020. The event consisted of a variety of historical talks on panel discussions, screenings and readings. If you missed the event, then catch up on soundcloud shortly. Thank you to the speakers […]


Osler Lecture 2020

The Osler Lecture took place on Monday, 24 February 2020. Speaker: Dr William Parker Lecture title: Rediscovering a local surgical pioneer: the life and work of Judson Chesterman. Catch up on this and other lectures on Soundcloud or Stitcher (Left – right) – Mr N Wood, Dr J Holliday, Professor Michael Farthing (Master), Dr William […]


1st Livery Dinner 2020

An excellent turnout of Apothecaries and their guests enjoyed a super evening, dining on chargrilled bonito, tunnel boned quail and baked Russian cheesecake, washed down with an excellent Burgundy, delicious Margaux, and finished with a 1994 Croft. Junior Warden Dr Jonathan Holliday CVO introduced and welcomed the guests, who included the Prime Wardens of the […]


Did you know? – Her Majesty’s painting in the Great Hall

An important though lesser known work, commissioned by the Society in 2005 to mark her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee. Painted by Anthony Oakshett (b1955) during four sittings in Buckingham Palace’s Yellow Room, overlooking St James’ Park, and unveiled on 21st March of that year by HRH the Duke of Kent. The artist has added the Apothecaries […]


Leslie Payne Memorial Lecture: David Nott announced as Speaker

Leslie Payne Memorial Lecture_ David Nott