Pharmacy history and Lambeth

Pharmacy history and Lambeth

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society  moved to its present site in Lambeth in 1976. It was by pure coincidence that there is so much history connected with pharmacy in the area.

The Museum has developed a number of resources to help you to find out about Lambeth’s links with pharmacy.



Lambeth pharmacy walk

The London Borough of Lambeth is packed full of history and lots of it is still visible as you walk around its streets.

Uncover the hidden history of North Lambeth with this self-guiding map. Focusing on health and its direct relationship with the poverty which once infected the area, it shows you some of the people who once lived and worked in the neighbourhood, including some rather well known characters.

It is available in leaflet form at the Museum or alternatively you can download the Lambeth Walk guide.

Lambeth's pharmacy past display

Visit the Museum’s reception displays to see our Lambeth's pharmacy past display. Items on show include Lambeth delftware and stoneware made by Doulton, just some examples of how the potteries in the area supplied the growing chemical and pharmaceutical industries from the 1600s until the 1950s. Also see medicines prepared a mere stone’s throw from our headquarters, as well a copy of The Lancet from 1866 which reported on an investigation into health conditions at the Lambeth parish workhouse.  

You do not need to book to see this display.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Visiting the museum

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
1 Lambeth High Street
Tel: 020 7572 2210 (museum enquiries only)
Fax: 020 7735 7629

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum is moving to new premises at 66–68 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW in June/July 2015. 
As a result, the current Museum will be temporarily closed to the public from July 2014, and will reopen as soon as possible after the move is complete.