The entrance hall of 21 Portland Place contains a grand staircase, designed to impress visitors. It only climbs to the first floor, and the original reception rooms.
The portrait and memorial tablet in the entrance hall commemorate the Association’s founder and first President, Henry Featherstone. Featherstone was determined to improve the lot of anaesthetists, and founded the Association in 1932 to promote the development and study of anaesthesia as a recognised medical specialty.
Above the reception desk, the Association’s arms and motto can be seen. The motto, in somno securitas, means ‘safe in sleep’, and was granted with the right to bear arms by George V in 1945.