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Royal Pharmaceutical Society considers sale of Lambeth HQ

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The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is considering the sale of its headquarters at the corner of Lambeth Road and Lambeth High Street.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society considers sale of Lambeth HQ

"As a membership organisation working on behalf and in the best interest of our members, we continuously review our running costs and explore new ways in which we can improve efficiency and cost effectiveness," says the society in a statement published on its website.

"As part of this commitment and after a review of our operational and building needs, we have looked at the premises we occupy. We are looking at options, including the potential sale of 1 Lambeth High Street.

"Capita Symonds is now working with the Society to identify new premises and gauge interest of potential buyers in the current building.

"We will continue to make sure that every pound spent of members' money is used as effectively as possible to maximise the benefit to the profession.

"We are exploring all the options for our accommodation needs but ultimately the decision will be made on what provides the best and most cost-effective solution for our members."

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society moved to Lambeth from Bloomsbury in the mid-1970s.

The building, designed by David Hodges, was opened by the Queen Mother in 1977.

Going up in Smoke

The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society recently launched a new display charting both tobacco's past uses as a medicinal treatment and the anti-smoking therapies of today

Going Up In Smoke has over twenty objects on display, including an 18th century Dutch Delftware tobacco jar, cigarettes with ingredients such as arsenic and stramonium reputed to relieve respiratory conditions, drug treatments from the 1960s and 1970s designed to help the smoker to quit, nicotine replacement therapies first used in the late 1980s up to the most recent NHS Smoke Free Quit Kit. There is a handout with extensive background information and a full description of all the treatments and other exhibits.

This display – on view until the end of March 2013 – is part of an exhibition on the history of pharmacy and of the RPS located on the ground floor at 1 Lambeth High Street and open to the public Monday–Friday 9am–5pm. Admission is free.

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