In this section:

    Key Dates

    Outline History

    Case No. 1

    Famous Winners

    Stanhope Medal story


    19C ice-skating scene

    Poem (1858)

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      Royal Humane Society

                    Instituted 1774      Registered Charity Number 231469


The Royal Humane Society dates back to 1774 when it was founded in London by two doctors: William Hawes and Thomas Cogan.

The original aim was to save people from drowning by resuscitation - then a controversial new medical technique.

Early monetary rewards were gradually replaced by medals and certificates. These are now awarded to people who've put their own lives at risk to save or attempt to save someone else.

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