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October 14th 2019: Worshipful Society of Apothecaries – Dr Tim Chambers OBE, JP, FRCP

On Monday 14th October SI Bristol heard a most interesting and informative talk by Dr Tim Chambers, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Bristol, is a member, as well as past Master and Examiner of the prestigious Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London.

Tim told us about the founding of the Society which was given its charter in 1672 and celebrating its 300 year a few years ago. In addition the Society has close connections with the Physic Garden in Chelsea. They have a large collection of documents and other memorabilia celebrating their history from their origins as practitioners in herbal medicine to developing skills in diagnostic techniques and are involved in the examination of potential medical practitioners. It has interesting associations with the ancient royal church of St Andrew by the Wardrobe and with the royal palace nearby.

Tim also told us a little about his own career as a Consultant Paediatrician and his work as a Lieutenant Colonel in the army Medical Corps. He shared some anecdotes about his personal interest in the Livery Companies (because his father worked in the City of London) and various amusing stories. These days the Livery Company has developed a greater social awareness through its support of apprenticeships and its charitable work.