Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at the opening of the new CEM wing 1927

Posted on: 23 September, 2019

Photograph, featuring future Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, at the opening of a new wing at CEM, October 1927. At this time, Chamberlain was the Minister for Health in the Conservative government. He had previously worked on the Unhealthy Areas Committee (1919-21) and tried to improve the slums of London and Birmingham, an interest which led to him accepting the Minister for Health role and would explain why he visited CEM. From 1937, he was Prime Minister, most famous for his policy of appeasement towards Hitler. The New Wing being celebrated in this photograph was the addition of 20 Portugal Street to the existing 19 Portugal Street and 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields site, to add new lecture halls and administrative rooms.