Images courtesy of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
British Society for the History of Pharmacy


Do I have to be a pharmacist to join BSHP?
No, anyone with an interest in pharmacy history is very welcome to join BSHP. Some of our members are practising pharmacists, some are retired pharmacists, but many have other backgrounds.

Do I have to be an historian to join BSHP?
No, anyone with an interest in pharmacy history is very welcome to join BSHP. A few of our members are professional historians, but the majority are simply keen to find out more.

I don't live in Britain. Is BSHP for me?
We have a number of overseas members. All members receive the Pharmaceutical Historian which from later in 2017 will be available online, and are welcome to join us at events if they are in Britain. You can also join our community on Facebook and Twitter.

I have a query about pharmacy history. Can you help?
Contact us at and we will do our best! There is also a great deal of information available on the RPS Museum's website including information sheets and online exhibitions.

I'd like to attend one of your events. How do I book a place?
Our evening lectures are free to attend and you do not need to book a place, just turn up. To attend our conference, summer visit or other events, find more details on the relevant webpages, or contact our Programme Secretary

I'm writing an article about pharmacy history. Would BSHP like to publish it?
BSHP publishes the Pharmaceutical Historian four times a year. Find full details about how to contribute an article here.

How do I go about valuing or selling historical pharmacy items?
The RPS Museum have an information sheet about selling and valuing objects, including contact details for specialised dealers. Please contact them at to obtain the most up-to-date sheet.

I'm researching my family history and/or the history of a pharmacy premises. Can you help me?
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum offers a chargeable people and premises research service, based on the complete listings and Registers compiled by the Society since its foundation in 1841.

Are there any pharmacy museums that I could visit in Britain?
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum is most obvious recommendation but there are lots of other museums that hold pharmacy material.

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