We have a range of learning resources exploring the history of pharmacy.
We provide illustrated information sheets for you to download - written for pharmacists and non-pharmacists alike, they cover pharmacy objects and the history of the profession.
The themes are:
Objects in the history of pharmacy
Do you have trouble telling your mortar from your pestle? Don't know your liniments from your linctuses? Or maybe you want to find out more about prescription reading?
Then our Pharmacy Information Sheets are for you!
Illustrated with examples from our museum collections, each has a focus on a different aspect of pharmacy history.
- Drug preparation and extraction
- Secundum artem - the skill of the pharmacist
- Liquid medicines and medicine bottles
- Lozenges and pastilles
- Suppositories, pessaries and bougies
- Ointments, creams and plasters
- Pills and pill making
- Powders and cachets
- Capsules and tablets
- Patent and brand-name medicines
- Balances, weights and measures
- Dispensary bottles
- Pharmaceutical symbols
- English delftware drug jars
- Display glassware
- Domestic medicine chests
- Prescription reading
- Taking the medicine
History of the Society
Guidance for museums
These information sheets are intended for museums with historic pharmacy items in their collections.