Pharmacy history and Lambeth

Pharmacy history and Lambeth

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society's headquarters were located in Lambeth High Street from 1976 until 2015.

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.

You can download the Lambeth Pharmacy Walk guide here.

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. 

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Visiting the museum

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
66–68 East Smithfield
London, E1W 1AW
Tel: 020 7572 2210 (museum enquiries only)

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum has recently relocated to new premises and we are currently installing the displays in the new museum.
As a result, the Museum is currently closed to the public. The museum will reopen as soon as possible after the move is complete.