Prince Philip and the Work Foundation

Following the announcement on the fourth of May 2017 that HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will be retiring from public engagements later on this year, the Work Foundation would like to thank Prince Philip for his continued support and interest in our work over the last 65 years.

Prince Philip became the Patron of the Industrial Society in 1952 following the sad passing of King George VI. One of his first acts was the establishment of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conference (an event still running to this day) as a forum to discuss the human problems of industry. The first such conference, hosted by the Industrial Society in Oxford, took place in July 1956 with over 280 delegates from 29 Commonwealth countries in attendance.

John Marsh greets HRH Duke of Edinburgh, Oxford, July 1956

The Duke’s engagement with the organisation has continued over the years hosting and sponsoring numerous events, including a special lunch in 1965 to mark the renaming of the Society and our Golden Jubilee celebrations 1968, as well as conducting visits to our offices.

Prince Philip visits the print room at the Industrial Society's office in Carlton House Terrace, 20 February 1983
Prince Philip visits the print room at the Industrial Society’s office in Carlton House Terrace, 20 February 1983

As the Work Foundation approaches its centenary year in 2018, we will be developing a new programme of work around the history of the organisation and the associated developments in work, industry and society over the past 100 years. Through the lens of this retrospective, and our current programme of activities, including the Commission on Good Work, we will be looking forward to the future to achieve our vision that Good Work can benefit all.


Picture credits: The History of the Industrial Society 1918-1986 by C Mailer, P Musgrave & G Desmons