Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

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The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was founded in 1842, as a scientific collection of materia medica for use by pharmacy students in the Society's school of pharmacy. It only began to collect historical material in the 1930s. The Museum moved to its current location with the rest of the Pharmaceutical Society in 1976.

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Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.00-17.00
Tours (pre-booking required) : Tues 14.00, 16.00
Researchers can visit by appointment on any weekday.

Closed: Sat Sun

Admission charges

Admission free.

The 45,000 objects in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's collections cover all aspects of British pharmacy history, from traditional dispensing equipment to "Lambeth delftware" drug storage jars, and from proprietary (brandname) medicines to medical caricatures.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Fine Art, Industry, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • traditional dispensing equipment
  • drug storage containers
  • fine "Lambeth delftware" dating from the 1600s and 1700s
  • proprietary (brandname) medicines dating from the 1700s to the present day
  • bronze mortars
  • medical caricatures
  • photo archive
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Pharmacy Debate Packs

Our Pharmacy debate packs have been specifically written to support the National Curriculum for Key Stage 4 in Citizenship. Each pack contains information on how you could run a topical debate and includes one of the following three different motions to be researched and discussed by your students:
* Should cannabis be legalised?
* Should smokers get treatment on the National Health Service?
* Is a pharmacist just a drug dealer with a shop?
The packs are designed for use with Year 10 students, but can be adapted to suit the learning needs of your class.

How to obtain

If you would like a free hard copy of this resource please contact:
020 7572 2210

Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
1 Lambeth High Street
Greater London




020 7572 2210


020 7572 2499

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