The Anglo-Danish Society

Tour of The Apothecaries' Hall - 31 October 2018

When: Wednesday 31 October 2018 @ 11 am (please meet at 10.45 for a prompt start)

Where: Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries 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 ongoing post-graduate education and qualification of practitioners.

Steeped in history and 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 Beadle, Gary R Howe guided us through the magnificent building and formal rooms and told us about the historical significance of the site, the history of the society and showed us the greatly treasured artefacts on display. The founding Master, Gideon De Laune was the Royal Apothecary to Queen Anne who was born and brought up in Denmark, sister to Christian IV and the mastermind behind Queens House in Greenwich.

A portrait of Queen Anne hangs in the first-floor hallway.

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.

After the tour there was an optional lunch at restaurant Cote

PRICE: £19 members, £23 non-members (excluding optional lunch)