Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum includes some 45,000 artefacts and 5,000 rare books and archived items illustrating the history of pharmacy.
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This glass jar contains a suspended specimen of hippopotamus tooth. It was collected by the apothecary John Burges in th...
02/09/2020

This glass jar contains a suspended specimen of hippopotamus tooth. It was collected by the apothecary John Burges in the late 1700s and at that time it was believed that a ring of hippo tooth could help both haemorrhoids and toothache.

This image shows the interior of the Heppell and Co. pharmacy in the Hotel Cecil Buildings on the Strand, London. The ph...
27/08/2020

This image shows the interior of the Heppell and Co. pharmacy in the Hotel Cecil Buildings on the Strand, London. The photo was taken in 1912 and was lit by gaslight, because this pharmacy provided an all-night service, unusual at the time.

This early flu vaccine was developed by the Royal Army Medical College, around the flu pandemic of 1918, using lung scra...
19/08/2020

This early flu vaccine was developed by the Royal Army Medical College, around the flu pandemic of 1918, using lung scrapings from infected patients!

Datura Tatula (Jimson Weed) cigarettes were introduced by Savory and Moore in the 1870's as a remedy for respiratory con...
05/08/2020

Datura Tatula (Jimson Weed) cigarettes were introduced by Savory and Moore in the 1870's as a remedy for respiratory conditions and were sold until 1931. The packet claims: 'The fumes of this Plant inhaled generally afford instantaneous relief'. #MuseumMonday #RPSMuseum

03/08/2020
BBC Archive on Twitter

BBC Archive on Twitter

“#OnThisDay 1972: Pharmacist John Newstead invited Nationwide into his antique Chemist's shop, where he prepared pills, cachets and potions. He also had a tonsil guillotine - no anaesthetic required... https://t.co/28GQNAZy5P”

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
27/07/2020

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

This photograph shows a team of pharmacists working in the dispensary of St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1959. At the time pharmacists were gaining increasing responsibility within hospitals for managing and dispensing medicines.

#MuseumMonday #RPSmuseum

This ampoule of penicillin dates to 1941 when the antibiotic was first used. Until then, bacterial infectious diseases c...
22/07/2020

This ampoule of penicillin dates to 1941 when the antibiotic was first used. Until then, bacterial infectious diseases could spread to pandemic proportions. Now diseases like typhus can be treated with antibiotics reducing their ability to spread.

Secret remedies were tantalising during the 18th and 19th centuries. Potential patients were attracted to the drugs beca...
15/07/2020

Secret remedies were tantalising during the 18th and 19th centuries. Potential patients were attracted to the drugs because of their mystery. Quack remedies often had laxative qualities to make the taker think they worked but they did not.

This photo from 1910 shows pharmacist Ada Richardson at work. She is using a pestle and mortar as well as a graduated di...
13/07/2020

This photo from 1910 shows pharmacist Ada Richardson at work. She is using a pestle and mortar as well as a graduated dispensing measure to prepare a medicine. This photograph just shows how much pharmacy practice has evolved over the last century!

This photo shows a pharmacology lab at the School of Pharmacy in Brunswick Square, London in the 1960s, a time of signif...
08/07/2020

This photo shows a pharmacology lab at the School of Pharmacy in Brunswick Square, London in the 1960s, a time of significant changes to pharmacy education. 1967 was the first time In the UK that university degrees were a requirement for registration.

When Edward Jenner developed inoculation, an early form of vaccine, it was met with scepticism. This caricature contains...
17/06/2020

When Edward Jenner developed inoculation, an early form of vaccine, it was met with scepticism. This caricature contains scenes critical of Jenner’s cowpox experiments, which were radical for the time, but a key part in preventing infectious diseases.

British Society for the History of Pharmacy
02/01/2020

British Society for the History of Pharmacy

Hoping that all of our followers have had an excellent start to 2020!

What pharmacy history milestones are you marking this year? To get you started, it's the 200th anniversary of the US Pharmacopoeia, the centenary of the UK's Dangerous Drugs Act, the 70th birthday of chlorpromazine (Largactil) and 10 years since the General Pharmaceutical Council was established.

An iconic symbol of pharmacy. #MuseumTreasures
05/11/2019
The carboy: a pharmacy icon

An iconic symbol of pharmacy. #MuseumTreasures

The carboy is one of pharmacy’s most iconic objects.

Find out how some of our current research is going in this latest blog by documentation assistant Matthew. #BlackHistory...
24/10/2019
Uncovering hidden histories at the RPS Museum | Royal Pharmaceutical Society blog

Find out how some of our current research is going in this latest blog by documentation assistant Matthew. #BlackHistoryMonth

by Matthew Johnston, RPS Museum Part of our work here at the RPS Museum includes researching various aspects of pharmacy history so we can enrich our displays, tours and articles, especially those areas that are currently under-represented in the museum.…Read more Uncovering hidden histories at th...

Just a reminder that our Up Close and Medical event with the London Museums of Health and Medicine is happening THIS SAT...
21/10/2019

Just a reminder that our Up Close and Medical event with the London Museums of Health and Medicine is happening THIS SATURDAY! Come on over between 2-5 pm. As well as our Victorian pill-making workshop you'll be able to try out your surgery skills with the Hunterian Museum, learn how to insert a breathing tube with the Association of Anaesthetists, test your hand hygiene with the Science Museum, and much more! https://events.rpharms.com/website/785/

The pill machine: Victorian dispensing at its finest! #MuseumTreasuresCome and have a go at using one of these at our Up...
03/10/2019
Pill machine, 18th Century

The pill machine: Victorian dispensing at its finest! #MuseumTreasures

Come and have a go at using one of these at our Up Close and Medical event on Saturday 26 October! More details on the RPS website: https://events.rpharms.com/website/785/

Before factory production became commonplace in medicine, dispensing was considered an art and pill machines such as these were a vital component of any chemist’s collection.

Open House tours are well underway! Last one is at 3 pm so still time to come along!
21/09/2019

Open House tours are well underway! Last one is at 3 pm so still time to come along!

We're looking forward to seeing those of you who are visiting us for Open House tomorrow. Free museum tours 11 am - 4 pm...
20/09/2019

We're looking forward to seeing those of you who are visiting us for Open House tomorrow. Free museum tours 11 am - 4 pm (last tour 3 pm) and a chance to see some of the RPS Library's early books!

Now open: our new special exhibition looks at the development of landmark asthma drug salbutamol, fifty years on from it...
09/09/2019

Now open: our new special exhibition looks at the development of landmark asthma drug salbutamol, fifty years on from its launch.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society
02/09/2019

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Can't get to the #RPSMuseum during the week? We'll be open on Saturday 21 September as part of @openhouselondon. Free museum tours and a chance to see some of the #RPSLibrary's early books! https://openhouselondon.open-city.org.uk/listings/7230 #MuseumMonday #OpenHouseLondon

How did astrology influence healthcare in the early modern period? Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's latest #MuseumTreas...
19/08/2019
Drug jar, syrup of wild poppy (1730–1750)

How did astrology influence healthcare in the early modern period? Read The Pharmaceutical Journal's latest #MuseumTreasures feature to find out more.

Paying homage to a time where medicines and astronomy were thought to go hand in hand.

Read museum Keeper John's new blog celebrating 50 years of the landmark asthma drug salbutamol.
15/06/2019
Salbutamol - landmark asthma treatment | Royal Pharmaceutical Society blog

Read museum Keeper John's new blog celebrating 50 years of the landmark asthma drug salbutamol.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the landmark asthma treatment Salbutamol becoming commercially available in the UK. Salbutamol is still widely used today to relieve symptoms of asthma and COPD such as coughing, wheezing and feeling breathless. It works by relaxing the muscles of the airways into....

14/06/2019
British Society for the History of Pharmacy

British Society for the History of Pharmacy

Carrying out research using historical Pharmaceutical Journals?
BSHP Committee member Kim Walker has very kindly compiled and shared online access details for available digitised 19th century volumes - really useful!
Thanks Kim 😊

'May the Cyanides flourish!' - student blazer from the London College of Pharmacy, around 1940. #MuseumTreasures
12/06/2019
Blazer of the London College of Pharmacy (around 1940)

'May the Cyanides flourish!' - student blazer from the London College of Pharmacy, around 1940. #MuseumTreasures

This blazer would have been worn by students of the London College of Pharmacy, which was founded in 1899, but it was not part of the official uniform.

Thank you to our amazing volunteers!
07/06/2019

Thank you to our amazing volunteers!

Peter, Norma and Julie, our fantastic and dedicated museum volunteers have catalogued over 800 objects for our members to enjoy!
Here is one of them.

Thank you! #VolunteersWeek

The History and Philosophy of Medicine & Pharmacy
03/06/2019

The History and Philosophy of Medicine & Pharmacy

#History of #Pharmacy @ApothecariesLDN @brionyhudson2 @PharmHist London 1-3 July 2019. Explore collections at Wellcome Library, ~Tour of @RCPLondon medicinal #gardens Tour of @rpharms talks on Pharmaceutical Industry & more. http://ow.ly/uzQU30o06NI

Granted 175 years ago, the Society's coat of arms - and all the pharmaceutical objects and symbols it contains - still w...
29/05/2019
Royal Pharmaceutical Society coat of arms (circa 1888)

Granted 175 years ago, the Society's coat of arms - and all the pharmaceutical objects and symbols it contains - still welcomes visitors to its London office. #MuseumTreasures

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society coat of arms was first granted in 1844.

British Society for the History of Pharmacy
24/05/2019

British Society for the History of Pharmacy

Would you like to spend 1, 2 or 3 days exploring a broad range of aspects of pharmacy history?

Are you interested in visiting the Wellcome Library, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum and the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries?

Do you enjoy learning new topics with a mix of talks, discussions, collections sessions and tours?

From Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd July, BSHP and the Faculty for the History & Philosophy of Medicine & Pharmacy are running a 3 day course exploring the history of pharmacy and and pharmaceutical industry. Sessions include the history of the laboratory, using prescription registers as historical sources, materia medica & the British empire, delftware drug jars, and the Apothecaries' manufacturing trade, with speakers including as Tilli Tansey, Pratik Chakrabati and Anna Marie Roos. Alongside lectures, there are collections-based sessions at all 3 venues and tours of the medicinal garden at the RCP and the museum at the RPS.

Full price 3 day attendance is £240, with student fees £140. You can also opt into single day attendance.

All details & booking form on the Apothecaries' website - https://www.apothecaries.org/history-of-pharmacy-and-the-pharmaceutical-industry-three-day-course/

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #PhotoMW. This early 1900s photograph is titled 'Pharmacist No. 9'. We think it might have ...
18/05/2019

Today's #MuseumWeek theme is #PhotoMW. This early 1900s photograph is titled 'Pharmacist No. 9'. We think it might have been taken in the Rotherham area by fellow pharmacist Robert Tildesley. Can anyone out there identify our mystery pharmacist? #IAmNotANumber #InternationalMuseumDay

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Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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