Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
It also has a strong collection of magnificent show jars and carboys, as well as a range of more practical items from biscuitware mortars and glass measures, to medicine spoons and syringes.
Highlights of the collection:
- About 40,000 items, mostly donated by individual pharmacists, with a small proportion on display in cases located throughout the Society's offices.
- Large collection of English and continental delftware drug jars
- Display glassware, carboys and show jars
- Pill tiles, leech jars, medicine spoons, measures and mortars in ceramic and glass
- Large collection of ointment and cosmetic pots in delftware and other fabrics
Address: 1 Lambeth High Street, London SE1 7JN
Tel: 020 7572 2210; Fax: 020 7572 2499
Opening times: Displays - Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 5.00, guided tours Tues, 2.00 and 4.00 (by appointment - ring 020 7572 2210 to book); research visits during office hours Mon to Fri by appointment.
Admission: Free; fees apply for some research services
Access: Partial access for disabled visitors
Crellin, J K, 1969 Medical ceramics in the Wellcome Institute, vol 1, London: Wellcome Institute of the History of Medicine
Crellin, J K and Scott, JR 1972 Glass and British Pharmacy 1600-1900: a survey and guide to the Wellcome Collection of British Glass, London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine
Drey, R E A, 1978 Apothecary jars: pharmaceutical pottery and porcelain in Europe and the East 1150-1850, London: Faber & Faber
Howard, G E, 1931 Early English drug jars [includes a description of the author's personal collection, of which a substantial part is now held by the museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, and a useful 'glossary of the drugs inscribed on the jars in this collection' compiled by C J S Thompson], London: The Medici Society
Lothian, A, 1960 'English Delftware in the Pharmaceutical Society's collection: a paper read by Agnes Lothian at 17 Bloomsbury Square, London on November 12th 1958', Transactions of the English Ceramic Circle 5, part 1
Matthews, L G, 1971 The Antiques of Pharmacy, London: G Bell & Sons
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