The Society

The Society of Apothecaries was incorporated as a City Livery Company by royal charter from James I on 6 December 1617 in recognition of apothecaries' specialist skills in compounding and dispensing medicines. The Society received its Grant of Arms six days later.

The Society of Apothecaries is no.58, and the largest, of the livery companies of the City of London. In addition to its traditional civic, ceremonial, social and charitable activities, the Society has been licensing doctors to practise Medicine since 1815.

The Apothecaries acquired their Hall in Blackfriars in 1632. Re-built on the same site immediately after its destruction in the Great Fire of 1666, it is the oldest extant livery company Hall in the City.

Charter and Grant of Arms

The Society's Coat of Arms, dated 12 December 1617, is signed by William Clarenceux King of Arms. It features Apollo (the god of healing) killing the dragon of disease, supported by two unicorns (from King James's royal arms), and a rhinoceros as the crest (the powdered horn was believed to be medicinal). The motto, from the first book of Ovid's 'Metamorphoses', translates: "I am spoken of all over the world as one who brings help"

Who We Are

Under its current constitution, 85 per cent of the Society's membership must have obtained a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council, or a pharmacist’s qualification registrable with the General Pharmaceutical Council

Membership of the Society's Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy (established 1959), and of its Faculty in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine (established 2005), both of which are charities by constitution, is open to the general public.

Court of Assistants

Master - Professor CG Mackworth-Young, MA, MD, FRCP
Senior Warden - Professor MN Rossor, MA MB BChir MD FRCP FMed Sci
Junior Warden - Professor MJG Farthing, BSc MD FRCP
and 21 Assistants

The Master and Wardens each serve a term of office of one year and are elected at the Court meeting in August.

Society and Hall Administrative Office

Clerk's Office

Contact: Roseanna Youssef, Executive Assistant
Email: clerksec@apothecaries.org
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Hall Tours

Contact: Gary Howe, Beadle
Email: Beadle@apothecaries.org
Telephone: 020 7236 1189



Faculty of the History and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy

Contact: Maria Ferran, Faculty Manager & Webmaster
Email: facultyhp@apothecaries.org
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Society Events & Venue Hire

Contact: Beci Ryan, Assistant Clerk
Email: assistantclerk@apothecaries.org
Telephone: 020 7236 1189



Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine

Contact: Goldy Gullo, Faculty Manager
Email: facultycc@apothecaries.org
Telephone: 020 7236 1189

Examinations Office

Contact: Mrs Jennifer Maclean, Registrar

Maria Green, Exams Officer

Telephone: 020 7236 1180



Archives and Collections

Contact: Janet Payne, archives@apothecaries.org

Contact: Nicholas Wood, Curator@apothecaries.org

 

Friends' of the Archives

Contact: Janet Taylor, Secretary
Email: friends@apothecaries.org