This site is intended for Healthcare Professionals only.

RPS museum reopens in London


Share post:

From the informative to the fascinating, the collection of exhibits that make up the Royal Pharmaceutical Society ’s (RPS) museum collection reopened at the Society’s London headquarters on Monday (May 16).

The museum, which has been closed to the public for two years, boasts one of the largest collections of historical pharmacy exhibits in the country.

The 181-year-old museum features a host of amazing objects from the 1400s up to the present day that dramatically illustrate just how far modern medicine has come.

From poison bottles and medieval textbooks, to trade tokens and pottery, the museum is there for everybody.

Museum exhibits include finding out about ceramic ‘bear’ jars containing bear oil, which was once thought to be a remedy for baldness, exploring what nineteenth Century ‘asthma cigarettes’ were used for, and finding out why a stuffed Nile crocodile was the symbol for the apothecary.

The museum showcases the unique history of the development of drugs for medical treatment, alongside the evolution of the pharmacy profession in Britain, and the role RPS played in its development.

RPS museum officer Catherine Walker said: “I’m delighted that this historic museum is reopening to the public from today. Not only are there some weird and wonderful pieces for absolutely anybody to view and explore, the museum also a fantastic educational tool.

“We’ve worked extremely hard to move the museum online, so that it is accessible for everyone. There’s nothing like getting up close to some of these bizarre and fascinating artifacts. I really hope members and the public will once again use this fantastic space.”

One can also browse the collection online.

The museum is open to members of the public during office hours.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Related articles

Ultra-processed foods constitute nearly two-thirds of UK adolescents’ calorie intake, NIHR study finds

Consumption of ultra-processed foods found highest among adolescents from deprived backgrounds, those of white ethnicity and younger adolescents A...

PAGB urges Labour government to prioritise self-care in first 100 days for positive health impact

PAGB says self-care could save NHS £1.7bn by reducing 30 Million unnecessary GP and A&E visits annually and...

Global IT outage: Community pharmacy services disrupted

Services including accessing prescriptions from GPs and medicine deliveries are being disrupted due to global IT outages A massive...

NPA’s Save Our Pharmacies petition surpasses 230,000 signatures

The NPA has announced a second day of action on 19 September as part of its Save Our...