About the Museum
Our Museum, established in 1842, is a unique resource for everyone interested in the history of British pharmacy.
Based on our unique collections, there's something for everyone, whether you're a pharmacist, researcher, family historian, visitor to London, or simply fascinated by the history of healthcare.
The museum collections cover all aspects of British pharmacy history, from the 1400s up to the present day. The collection includes:
- The Early Printed Books Collection, including herbals and early pharmacopoeias from the 1400s – 1800s
- Proprietary (brand name) medicines, dating from the 1700s to the present day
- Fine English Delftware & European drug jars, dating from the 1600s - 1700s
- Bell metal mortars, dating from the 1500s - 1700s
- The Burges Collection of Materia Medica, dating from the late 1700s
- Traditional dispensing equipment
- Drug storage containers
- Medical caricatures and prints
- Oil paintings, including portraits of past Society Presidents
- The Society photo archive.
If you are a researcher, student, teacher, or simply interested in pharmacy history, we have a range of services and online resources to provide you with ways to find out more about the history of British pharmacy.
For more details call us on 020 7572 2210 (Museum enquiries only) or email [email protected].