A celebration of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and 150 years of medicine


Tuesday 29 September 2015


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Join us in a celebration to mark the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Garrett (later Mrs Garrett Anderson) becoming a Licentiate of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and thus the first woman in Britain to qualify for inclusion in its Medical Register.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was a remarkable woman who overcame many obstacles to achieve her goal. She attempted to open her own small medical school for women in the 1860s which was unsuccessful, however she was associated from the beginning with the London School of Medicine for Women, set up by Sophia Jex-Blake in 1874; and along with the Royal Free Hospital it paved the way for women’s medical education in Britain. 

As Dean from 1883 to 1903, Garrett Anderson oversaw the enlargement of the school and also the transfer of her own New Hospital for Women from Seymour Place to the Euston Road, where in 1917 it was renamed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital.

This evening celebrates the 150th anniversary, with talks by Elizabeth Crawford, curator at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery, and Neil McIntyre, emeritus professor of medicine, keen medical historian and author of How British Women Became Doctors: the story of the Royal Free Hospital and its Medical School. They will speak about the life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, her family, the founding of her hospital and her medical schools. We will then hear from Rachel Tildesley, winner of the EGA Hospital Charity travelling fellowship, who spent six months working in Malawi as a volunteer Obstetrics and Gynaecology registrar.

Following the talks, everyone is invited to join us for a wine and canapé reception to continue discussions. Plus if you have time before the meeting starts at 6.30pm do visit our Library on the first floor to see a small exhibition of books about and by Elizabeth Garrett Anderson.
This event is jointly hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine and the EGA Hospital Charity. Our thanks to Hiscox Insurance who have kindly sponsored the wine for this evening’s event. Hiscox Insurance provides RSM members with preferential Home and Travel Insurance.



6.30 pm

Registration plus opportunity to visit the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson display in the Library

7.00 pm


Mr Martin Bailey, RSM Honorary Secretary and Mr John Osborne, Chairman EGA Hospital Charity

7.10 pm

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – And Her Hospital

Elizabeth Crawford, Historian and author of 'Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle'

7.30 pm

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and her medical schools

Professor Neil McIntyre, Medical historian and author of 'How British Women Became Doctors: the story of the Royal Free Hospital and its Medical School'

7.50 pm

My experience in Malawi as a Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Rachel Tildesley. Sponsored by the Anne Boutwood Travelling Fellowship from The EGA Hospital Charity

8.10 pm


8.30 pm

Close of talk followed by wine and canape reception

9.30 pm

End of reception

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For information on this event, contact Natalie RossiTel: 0207 290 2991 Fax: 0207 290 2992 Email: membership@rsm.ac.uk arrow