UCL School of Pharmacy


Anniversary – 175 years of Pharmacy Education

15 November 2017


UCL School of Pharmacy celebrated 175 years of Pharmacy Education with an alumni event on 21st September in the form of an evening of joyful reminiscence.

Back in 1842, Anthony Todd Thomson, a lecturer in Materia Medica, gave the first lecture at the School of Pharmacy then located in Bloomsbury Square.

At this year’s celebration, Guests were welcomed at a drinks reception featuring a display of photographs, posters and artefacts from the School’s archive before moving on to the JHLT for the Alumni Showcase.

Original building in Brunswick Square

Photo: The site of our original home in Bloomsbury Square.

The MC for the evening was UCL School of Pharmacy Alumni Coordinator Nadia Bukhari who introduced Professor Duncan Craig, and Professor Mike Munday who welcomed the guests.

Brochure for the 175th Anniversary event

Professor Craig highlighted the current activities and outstanding reputation of the School, reassuring guests that whilst it is positive and pleasurable to pause to reflect on the past, the School remains forward-thinking and pioneering. Professor Munday entertained guests with anecdotes about well-known and well-loved personalities from the School’s rich history.

Dean of the Faculty Professor Geraint Rees formally introduced the Alumni Showcase that featured guest speakers from the past four decades. Each alumni spoke warmly of their academic and social experiences at the School, drawing giggles and groans from a delighted audience sharing in collective recall.

Over the drinks and canapes that followed, guests caught-up with each other and admired what had changed in the building (as well as what had not!). The evening was a great success and thanks are due to Nadia for organising it, Library staff for the archive display and to all the speakers for their contributions.

Photo montage - 175 anniversary event

Photo: a selection of images from the evening.
Further details: Nadia Bukhari