On 27th November a small group of architects met in the Freemasons Tavern to set up a fund for the relief of the more unfortunate members of their profession. The Architects Benevolent Society was founded with the objects of the Society to provide relief to “persons engaged or formerly engaged in the practice of architecture and the wives, widows, children and other dependents of such being in necessitous circumstances”
Our first four cases of support were recorded including a widow with four children and a “professional gentleman now in the evening of his life, a paralytic attack having entirely disabled him from exercise of his pencil.”
We celebrated our 50th anniversary having been able to support over 50 individuals and families. It was recorded that “From small beginnings the Society has steadily developed to its present size and efficiency; during its existence many thousands of pounds have been collected and distributed amongst deserving applicants.”
We helped form the ‘Architects War Committee’ which issued a special appeal for contributions for the “relief of members of the profession in distress”.
The depression resulted in considerable unemployment and the Council were involved in formulating a joint committee and unemployment fund for those facing distress as a result. It was reported that over forty men were placed in work.
We celebrated our 100th anniversary at the Dorchester, London having recorded 102 cases of support!
A system of local representatives throughout the country was inaugurated
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon became the Patron of the Society.
His Royal Highness, Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester was appointed Patron of the Society.
We launched our housing advice partnership with Shelter.
We launched our mental health support partnership with Anxiety UK.
We celebrate our 170th anniversary.