New members receptions celebrate their 60th birthday

Annette Howard

Information Officer (RICS)

Did you know that RICS has been holding new members receptions for 60 years?

RICS members register

The first reception took place at RICS HQ at Parliament Square on 31 January 1955. Three Fellows and approximately 90 Professional Associates and one Associate signed the register watched by family and friends after being presented with their diplomas by RICS President CP Bowyer TD. One female surveyor, Miss Constance Mary Elliott, was among the 90 male surveyors at the presentation.

Junior Organisation (JO) Chairman A T Brett  Jones spoke about the history and functions of the JO and RICS Secretary  Brigadier A H Killick outlined the services available to members.

The attendees could bring up two guests. The proceedings concluded with afternoon tea.

Two further receptions took place on 3 and 4 February of the same year.

The personal signing of the Register ceased in the mid-1990s but the format of the receptions continues in very much the same manner today.

New members reception
Tell us your new member story

Were you one of the newly qualified members who attended these early ceremonies? If you have any stories and photos of your own I would be fascinated to hear from you.

You can email me at or add them using the form below. We would love to hear from you and if you have any photographs we would be delighted to receive them.

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