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RICS at 150

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The foundations of today's RICS were set in 1868 when 20 surveyors met at the Westminster Palace Hotel. They appointed a sub-committee that would draw up resolutions, bye-laws and regulations in order to establish a professional association representing surveyors and the growing property profession.

On 15 June 1868 the group, now expanded to 49 members, met at the Westminster Palace Hotel to approve the resolutions and elect the first council. John Clutton was elected as the first president of the Institution of Surveyors. Offices were then leased at 12 Great George Street, our headquarters to this day.

To celebrate our 150-year history, we've gone through our archive and found 150 RICS stories. Many will be published on this site, others will be broadcast across our social channels.

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