Special research service: people and premises history

Research service

The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society offers a prepaid research service to family historians and others seeking to trace the careers of individuals or the history of pharmacy premises.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded in 1841. From 1868 it was compulsory for all individuals in the business of compounding and dispensing medicines and selling certain scheduled poisons to meet criteria which qualified them to register with the Society. An annual, published register of all these "pharmaceutical chemists" and "chemists and druggists" was published from 1869.

The Museum and Library have a complete run of these registers, alongside a number of other resources, which help our research.

Our fees

The Museum charges a basic search fee to non-Society members of £20 (members £10) for each person or premises researched. 

Download our order form (Please note: Due to the installation of the new museum, this service is currently available to RPS members only)

Please note that we receive a very high volume of enquiries for this service.  We respond in strict order according to when we have received your enquiry.  We will acknowledge receipt of your request but, at our busiest periods it can take up to two months to provide the full research results.

Alternatively researchers are welcomed to undertake their own research in the Society’s Library, but should pre-book to ensure that Museum staff are available to provide an introduction to the available sources.

All clients are supplied with a free copy of the Museum’s information sheet Tracing people and premises in pharmacy, which explains the sources available and lists other possible research centres.

Download a short extract from Tracing people and premises in pharmacy.