150th Anniversary Celebrations 

Celebrations were held by the charity to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson as the first woman who qualified as a medical practitioner in England in 1865

The Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital Charity and the Society of Apothecaries held a dinner at the Apothecaries Hall on 28th September 2015 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Elizabeth Garrett passing the Society of Apothecaries examination (LSA).
The EGA Hospital Charity also organised a joint celebration with the Royal Society of Medicine on 29th September 2015 to mark the 150th anniversary of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson becoming the first female doctor to qualify in England in 1865.  This remarkable woman overcame many obstacles to achieve this and opened a school of medicine for women paving the way for women’s medical education in Britain.  Partly as a result of her open campaigning, an act was passed in 1876 permitting women to enter the medical profession.

The event was held at the Royal Society of Medicine and talks were given by Elizabeth Crawford, curator at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery and Neil McIntyre, emeritus professor of medicine. They spoke about the life of EGA, her family, the founding of her hospital and her medical schools. We then heard from Rachel Tildesley, winner of the EGA Hospital Charity Travelling Fellowship Award who spent six months working in Malawi as a volunteer Obstetric and Gynaecology registrar.

The charity is very grateful for the support given by the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, the Royal Society of Medicine and Hiscox Insurance, which enabled these events to be independently funded.