Museum FAQs

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The Society's Museum answers enquiries on a wide range of topics covering all aspects of the history of pharmacy and the history of the Society. This page provides answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

1. How do I go about donating objects to the Museum's collection?
2. How do I go about valuing or selling historical pharmacy items?
3. When is the Museum open?
4. Can I book a group visit to the Museum?
5. I'm researching my family history and/or the history of a pharmacy premises. Can you help me?
6. Do you sell any items?

7. Do you have photographs that I can get copies of?
8. Can you help me to answer a question on the history of pharmacy?
9. Can I see any objects from the collections?
10. Are there any other medical museums that I could visit in London?

 

 

1. How do I go about donating objects to the Museum's collection?

Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss any potential donations. If they do not fit within our remit, we would be happy to suggest other museums that might be interested. Please download our information sheet Offering objects to the Museum.

2. How do I go about valuing or selling historical pharmacy items?

We have an information sheet about selling and valuing objects, including contact details for specialised dealers. Please contact us to obtain the most up-to-date sheet.

3. When is the Museum open?
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum is intending to move early next year to new premises in London. As a result, the Museum will be closed to the public temporarily from 16 July 2014, and will reopen as soon as possible after the move is complete.

4. Can I book a group visit to the Museum?
We are only able to accommodate occasional group bookings. Please contact us to discuss your requirements. If there is some other way that you think we may be able to help you, for example, providing an illustrated talk at your venue, please get in touch.

5. I'm researching my family history and/or the history of a pharmacy premises. Can you help me?
The Museum offers a charged people and premises research service, based on the complete listings and Registers compiled by the Society since its foundation in 1841.

6. Do you sell any items?
The Museum sells books, greeting cards, postcards and replica jars. Please visit the museum shop for more information.

7. Do you have photographs that I can get copies of?
We offer a service that includes the reproduction of images from our photographic archive.

The Museum also sells a CD entitled Pictures of Pharmacy Past which contains 30 images from its collections suitable for use in educational presentations. Please visit the museum shop for more information.

8. Can you help me to answer a question on the history of pharmacy?
We offer an historical research service based on the information, archives and objects held by the museum. Please contact us with more information about your research query and we'll see how we can help you. This might involve the identification of an object that you own, the history of a particular drug, or information about items that we hold in our collections.

9. Can I see any objects from the collections?
If you would like to see any objects in the Museum's collections, please contact us on 020 7572 2210 (museum enquiries only) or museum@rpharms.com to make an appointment. Please note that the majority of our collections are stored off-site, and so we would appreciate as much notice as possible in order to make the necessary arrangements to make the items accessible.

10. Are there any other medical museums that I could visit in London?
The Museum is a member of the London's Museums of Health and Medicine network. Visit their website to find out about the other members of the group.