Museums with pharmacy collections

A large number of British museums hold pharmacy-related material in their collections, ranging from complete reconstructed pharmacies to small collections of items from a local premises. 

This listing provides details of museum collections which have been supplied to the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.  Each is listed, in alphabetical order by county and country, with a brief description of the relevant part of their collections.  Please note that the provision of these museums’ details is for information only, and does not imply a recommendation by the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

We always welcome suggestions of additional museums to add to our records. 
Contact us at museum@rpharms.com

England

Buckinghamshire

Milton Keynes Museum
McConnell Drive
Wolverton
Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire
MK12 5EL
Tel: 01908 316222
www.mkmuseum.org.uk
The Museum Street includes frontages and objects from local businesses, including a chemist’s shop.

Cambridgeshire

Cambridge and County Folk Museum
2/3 Castle Street
Cambridge
CB3 0AQ
Tel: 01223 355159
www.folkmuseum.org.uk

Cleveland

Kirkleatham Museum
Kirkleatham
Redcar
Cleveland
TS10 5NW
Tel: 01642 479500
www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/museums
Pharmacy equipment dating from the late 1800s and early 1900s, from Fairbanks & Franks, a Guisborough chemist.

Cornwall

Flambards Victorian Village
Culdrose Manor
Helston
Cornwall
TR13 0QA
Tel: 01326 573404
www.flambards.co.uk
Victorian pharmacy recreated  -  “unique chemist’s shop time capsule”.

County Durham

Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum
Beamish
DH9 ORG
Tel: 0191 370 4000
www.beamish.org.uk

Cumbria

Abbot Hall Art Gallery & Kendal Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry
Kendal
Cumbria
LA9 5AL
Tel: 01539 722464
www.lakelandmuseum.org.uk
Reconstructed late 1800s pharmacy.

Devon

The Park Pharmacy
The Merchant’s House Museum
Plymouth
Contact: Dr Jan Knight 01752 565676
www.plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/creativityandculture/museums/museummerchantshouse.htm

Reconstructed 1864 pharmacy, owned by the Park Pharmacy Trust
Torquay Museum

529 Babbacombe Road
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 1HG
Tel: 01803 293975
www.torquaymuseum.org
Small display of pharmacy objects in the Agatha Christie Room

Dorset

The Priest's House Museum & Garden
23-27 High Street
Wimborne Minster
Dorset
BH21 1HR
Tel: 01202 882533
www.priest-house.co.uk

Red House Museum and Gardens
Quay Road
Christchurch
Dorset
BH23 1BU
Tel: 0845 603 5635
http://www3.hants.gov.uk/redhouse

Waterfront Museum
4 High Street
Poole
Dorset
BH15 1BW
Tel: 01202 262600
www.boroughofpoole.com/museums
Cartledge’s Pharmacy from 1879

East Sussex

‘How we lived then’ Museum of Shops
20 Cornfield Terrace
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4NS
Tel: 01323 37143
http://www.aboutbritain.com/HowWeLivedThen.htm
The pharmacy is one of the shops represented in this museum exploring a century of shopping.

Essex

Saffron Walden Museum
Museum Street
Saffron Walden
Essex
CB10 1JL
Tel: 01799 510333
www.uttlesford.gov.uk/main.cfm?Type=CLMU&MenuId=417
Dutch drug jars on display, contents of a chemist’s shop available by request.

Greater Manchester

Salford Museum and Art Gallery
Peel Park
Salford
M5 4WU
Tel: 0161 778 0800
www.salford.gov.uk/salfordmuseum
Reconstructed chemist’s shop in ‘Larkhill Place’

Hampshire

Winchester City Museum
The Square
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 9EX
Tel: 01962 848269
www.winchester.gov.uk/LeisureAndCulture/MuseumsAndGalleries/CityMuseum/
Richard Hunt’s pharmacy: a unique collection of pharmaceutical furnishings from 1700s to1900s. Includes early delftware jars, mahogany counter panels, undecorated 1800s drawers & glass doors leading to a preparation room, pill making equipment, prescription & recipe books.

Hertfordshire

Hitchin Museum and Art Gallery
Paynes Park
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 1EH
Tel: 01462 434476
http://www.north-herts.gov.uk/index/discover_nhdc/art_culture_and_heritage/hitchin_museum_and_art_gallery.htm
Complete reconstruction of Perks and Llewellyn pharmacy, with counter, drug and run and full contents.  The Museum also has a physic garden.
 
St Albans Museum
Hatfield Road
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL1 3RR
Tel: 01727 819340
www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Lincolnshire

Museum of Lincolnshire Life
The Old Barracks
Burton Road
Lincoln
LN1 3LY
www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/visiting/museums/museum-of-lincolnshire-life/ 
exhibit

London

Museum of London
London Wall
EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7600 3699
www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Mock-up pharmacy from the 1800s

Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret
9A St Thomas’ Street
London
SE1 9RY
Tel: 020 7955 4791
www.thegarret.org.uk
Operating theatre dating from before the use of anaesthetics. Medical history of St Thomas’ Hospital, Guy’s Hospital and Evelina Children’s Hospital from the 1100s to the late 1800s.

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2DD
Tel: 020 7942 4000
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk
Collections cover scientific, technological and medical change since the 1700s. Though rich in British material, they result from worldwide acquisition.

Wandsworth Museum
38 West Hill
Wandsworth
SW18 1KZ
http://www.wandsworthmuseum.co.uk/
Pharmacy exhibit in teashop

Norfolk

Bridewell Museum
Bridewell Alley
St Andrew’s Street
Norwich
Norfolk
NR2 1AQ
Tel: 01603 629127
http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/
Extensive collection with a complete reconstructed early 1900s pharmacy, including mahogany furniture and fittings, drug run with contents, bottles, jars and chemist’s sundries.  Material collected from across Norfolk.

Nottinghamshire

Museum of Nottingham Life
Brewhouse Yard
Castle Boulevard
Nottingham
NG7 1FB
Tel: 0115 9153600
http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1034
A pharmacy is one of the reconstructed shops based on material from Nottingham premises.

Shropshire

Blists Hill Victorian Town
Legges Way
Madeley
Telford
TF7 5DU
Tel: 01952 884 391
www.ironbridge.org.uk/our_attractions/blists_hill_victorian_town/
Reconstructed pharmacy shop as part of the Victorian town

Somerset

North Somerset Museum
Burlington Street
Weston-Super-Mare
North Somerset
BS23 1PR
Tel: 01934 621028
www.weston-super-maretowncouncil.gov.uk/museum
One room of pharmacy artefacts

Staffordshire

Shugborough Hall
Milford
Near Stafford
Staffordshire
ST17 0XB
Tel: 01889 881388
www.staffordshire.gov.uk/shugborough
Working display illustrates techniques used by pharmacist and has fittings from a nearby shop.

Stockton on Tees

Preston Hall Museum
Yarm Road
Stockton on Tees
TS18 3RN
Tel: 01642 781184
http://www.stockton.gov.uk/citizenservices/leisureandents/artsculture/32179/
Full reconstructed pharmacy with contents.

Surrey

Centre for Economic Botany
Royal Botanic Gardens

Kew
Richmond
Surrey
TW9 3AB
Tel: 020 7188 2679
http://www.kew.org/collections/ecbot/
The Economic Botany Collection illustrates the extent of human use of plants around the world, including for medicine.  The Pharmaceutical Society’s original materia medica collection now forms part of the collection.

Rural Life Centre
Old Kiln Museum

Tilford
Farnham
Surrey
GU10 2DL
Tel: 01252 795571
www.rurallife.plus.com

Warwickshire

Market Hall  Museum
Market Place
Warwick
CV34 4SA
Tel: 01926 412500
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/museum

West Midlands

Black Country Living Museum
Tipton Road
Dudley
West Midlands
DY1 4SQ
Tel: 0121 557 9643
www.bclm.co.uk

West Sussex

Horsham Museum
Causeway House
9 The Causeway
Horsham
West Sussex
RH12 1HE
Tel: 01403 254959
www.horshammuseum.org
The Museum’s Shops and Shopping gallery displays fixtures from 'Williams & Smith', a chemist shop formerly in West Street.

Wiltshire

Bradford on Avon Museum
Bridge Street
Bradford on Avon
Wiltshire
Tel: 01225 863280
www.bradfordonavonmuseum.co.uk
Reconstructed Pharmacy

Worcestershire

Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery
Foregate Street
Worcester
WR1 1DT
01905 25371
www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk
Complete contents of Stewards Pharmacy, formerly at 27 High Street, Worcester.

Yorkshire

Abbey House Museum
Kirstall
Leeds
LS5 3EH
Tel: 0113 2305492
www.leeds.gov.uk/abbeyHouse/
Victorian pharmacy as part of a Victorian street.

Beck Isle Museum of Rural Life
Pickering
North Yorkshire
YO18 8DU
Tel: 01751 473653
www.beckislemuseum.co.uk
Pharmacy jars, jars of magical cures and recipe books.
 
Streetlife Museum
High Street
Hull
HU1 1PS
Tel: 01482 300 300
www.hullcc.gov.uk/museums
Reconstruction of Mr Castelow’s pharmacy which stood at 159 Woodhouse Lane, Leeds, for 133 years.

Ryedale Folk Museum
Hutton le Hole
York
YO62 6UA
Tel: 01751 417367
www.ryedalefolkmuseum.co.uk
Reconstructed pharmacy

Thackray Museum
Beckett Street
Leeds
LS9 7LN
Tel: 0113 244 4343
www.thackraymuseum.org
Over 60,000 objects, books and trade catalogues relating to the history of surgery, medicine and health care.

Thirsk Museum
14/16 Kirkgate
Thirsk
North Yorkshire
YO7 1PQ
Tel: 01845 527707
www.thirskmuseum.org
Cashier machine, pill machine, powder folder, pestle & mortar, named bottles.

Tolson Memorial Museum
Ravensknowle Park
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire
HD5 8DJ
Tel: 01484 223830
http://www.kirklees.gov.uk/events/venuedetails.asp?vID=4

York Castle Museum
The Eye of York
York
YO1 9RY
Tel: 01904 650333
www.yorkcastlemuseum.org.uk
Complete reconstructed pharmacy as part of a Victorian street.

Scotland

Aberdeenshire

Aberdeen Maritime Museum
Shiprow
Aberdeen
AB11 5BY
Tel: 01224 337719
www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
Entire shop fittings, registers and records from Davidson & Kay, Aberdeen, 1800s-1980s.

Fife

The St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum
12 North Street
St Andrews
Fife
KY16 9PW
Tel: 01334 477629
www.standrewspreservationtrust.org.uk
Chemist shop display with objects dating from the 1800s and early 20th century.  Many of the items come from a shop in the town.

Glasgow

People’s Palace Museum
Glasgow Green
Glasgow
G40 1AT
Tel: 0141 276 0788
www.glasgowmuseums.com
Scottish early 1900s pharmacy, coloured glass bottles, tins, pots, jars of proprietary & patent medicines, nasal douche, carbolic spray, enema syringes, magnet electro machine, blood circulator, urine testing box, pill rolling & suppository making equip. Hospital pharmaceutical cabinet from Forresthall Hospital.

Wales

Carmarthenshire

The National Botanic Garden of Wales
Llanarthne
Carmarthenshire
SA32 8HG
Tel: 01558 668768
www.gardenofwales.org.uk
Reconstructed Victorian pharmacy and an apothecary’s garden

Powys

Radnorshire Museum
Temple Street
Llandrindod Wells
Powys
LD1 5DL
Tel: 01597 824513
www.powys.gov.uk/radnorshiremuseum
Small display of pharmacy shop fittings

Northern Ireland

County Tyrone

Ulster American Folk Park
Camphill
Omagh
County Tyrone
Northern Ireland
BT78 5QY
Tel: 028 8224 3292
Reconstructed Victorian street includes Hill’s Chemist Shop, originally from Strabane.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Visiting the museum

Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
1 Lambeth High Street
London
SE1 7JN
Tel: 020 7572 2210 (museum enquiries only)
Fax: 020 7735 7629
Email: museum@rpharms.com

Museum opening hours
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Admission
Admission to the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society is free.

Access
There is level access to all areas of the Museum displays. If you have any special access requirements, please contact us before your visit so we can help to make it as enjoyable as possible. There is large print exhibition text available on request from the front desk.