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60 years of our Royal Charter

Celebrating 60 years of our Royal Charter

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) was originally founded as the Town Planning Institute (TPI) back in 1914. 105 years later it now boasts a worldwide membership of over 25,000 and is the only body in the UK to confer Chartered status to planners, the highest professional qualification.

On 14 September 1959, the Institute received its Royal Charter, a special mark of distinction limited to bodies pre-eminent in their field. It took 12 years of petitioning, and several rejections before the Privy Council granted the TPI its Charter. A Charter is a declaration to the public that the Institute is sound and well established, and that its members have a high level of up-to-date qualifications and experience, and that their conduct and activities will are properly monitored.

To mark this anniversary, there will be a series of blogs and posts highlighting the way the institute has changed over the years and what it means to members to be a Chartered Town Planner.

As part of the anniversary celebrations, we have published an interactive timeline looking back at the last 60 years of the Institute and the role that it has played in history. Take a look at our journey through time.