Museum Services

  • Researchers - looking to access our collection?
  • Family history - want to find out more about yours?
  • Images - want to use one of our images?

Choose from our range of services:

Object Access Object Access

We welcome requests to look at our stored collections.

If you would like to see any objects in the Museum's collections, contact us to make an appointment at [email protected]

Image reproduction and supply service Image reproduction and supply service

The Society's Museum holds a photo archive of some 7,000 images reflecting the personalities, premises, the work of the Society and the broader history of British pharmacy.

Subject to the Museum Officer’s discretion and copyright law, the Museum can usually grant permission for the reproduction of images from the Museum’s collection.

The Museum does not charge a fee for reproducing an image for private study, academic research, personal use or other educational or non-commercial purpose.

For commercial use, a reproduction fee must be paid in advance.

Individuals or companies wishing to undertake on-site photography or filming should contact the Museum Officer.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Family History research service Family History research service

Our Museum offers a prepaid research service to family historians and others seeking to trace the careers of individuals or the history of pharmacy premises.

The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain was founded in 1841 and the society published The List of Members, Associates and Apprentices from 1841-1868.

From 1868-2010 it was compulsory for Chemists and Druggists and Pharmacists to register with the society and these registers are held by the RPS Library, along with The Register of Premises published from 1936-2010.

The Museum charges a basic search fee to non-Society members of £35 (RPS members £20) for each person or premises researched.

Please note: that we receive a very high volume of enquiries for this service.  We respond in strict order according to when we have received your enquiry.  We will acknowledge receipt of your request but, at our busiest periods it can take up to time to provide the full research results.

Alternatively, researchers are welcomed to undertake their own research in our Library.

To book an appointment, contact [email protected]

Learning resources Learning resources

Our Museum provides a range of learning resources exploring the history of pharmacy.

We provide illustrated information sheets. Written for pharmacists and non-pharmacists alike, they cover pharmacy objects and the history of the profession.

For more information about any of our services, contact: