The apothecary Collection

An apothecary has had a very interesting role throughout history:

Unlike today, pharmacists and apothecaries (in many ways the precursor to the modern general practitioner) had a difficult relationship with one another. Apothecaries charged patients for medical advice then prescribed and sold medicines to patients directly, bypassing the need for the pharmacist. Pharmacies however provided free medical advice with every purchase, so they competed with apothecaries for custom.” 

pg 184 (2019) McEnroe and Hurley (2019) “Science Museum: The Medicine Cabinet” Andre Deutch, London.

We have many apothecary and pharmaceutical items within our collection, from glass receptacles to pharmaceutical products and weighing scales. It is interesting to view these objects to see how far we have advanced in the developments of treatments and the prevention of illness.

Below are the catalogue listings for this collection. Click on an item to view the item record and use the back button on your browser/device to return to the full list.