Retired Fellows Society


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About this Society


To organise monthly lectures followed by lunch as an opportunity to socialise and network with colleagues and keep up-to-date with clinical and non-clinical topics. The society also holds a camera club which is free to attend and organises extramural historical walks and tours.

Society members:

Retired doctors and healthcare professionals. To become a member of this Society it is necessary to contact the membership department to upgrade your subscription and pay a small annual additional fee (currently £25).

Society committee:

RFS meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the committee, led by the Chairman.

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Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer, his life and times: Lecture by Dr Isobel Williams
Ernest Shackleton, Antarctic explorer, his life and times: Lecture by Dr Isobel Williams

Thursday 15 November 2018, Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street

Dr Isobel Williams has always admired Shackleton who led three expeditions to the Antarctic and was a crew member of a fourth. He is justly famous for escaping with all his men from the icy grip of the Weddell Sea during his momentous expedition of 1914-1916 and for his incredible 800 mile sail from Elephant Island to South Georgia. But he achieved more than this –in 1909 he got to within 100 miles of the South Pole, the first expedition to get so far on the Antarctic Plateau. He certainly lived up to his family motto “By Endurance We Conquer”. In this talk, Dr Williams will illustrate the highlights of his Antarctic experiences.

Dr Isobel Williams

As a medical student at St George’s Hospital, London, Dr Isobel Williams became fascinated by paintings of Antarctica that were in the medical school. These were painted by Dr Edward Wilson–Wilson who had been a student at St George’s some seventy years previously and in 1910 he went South with Scott on the ‘Terra Nova’ Expedition, dying with Scott on the return journey from the South Pole. She wrote the biography of Dr Wilson and subsequently published the biographies of Chief Petty Office Edgar Evans and ‘William Speirs Bruce, A Forgotten Polar Hero’.

Dr Williams now makes regular presentations on Antarctic heroes and Antarctic subjects.

Half Day | Registration: 10:45 | Organised by: Retired Fellows Society |
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UK Supreme Court tour and lunch
UK Supreme Court tour and lunch

Friday 16 November 2018, The UK Supreme Court
Parliament Square

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The UK Supreme Court opened in October 2009 and replaced the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords as the UK’s final court of appeal. On this private tour you will be led by an experienced member of staff who will give the group an introduction to the Supreme Court’s role in the UK justice system, explain about the history and artwork of the building and give interesting examples of cases heard by the Court. You will be shown around the Grade II listed building, visiting the beautiful courtrooms as well as the magnificent Justices’ Library, which is not normally open to the public.

Before the tour a light lunch will be served at 1.30 pm with time to explore the exhibition before the tour starts at 3.00 pm.

| Registration: 13:30 | Organised by: Retired Fellows Society |
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