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British Society for the History of Pharmacy

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Our events programme covers a wide range of pharmacy history topics.  We hold 3 evening meetings each year, and annual conference, a summer visit, and a joint meeting with a School of Pharmacy.  Click on an event below to find out more.
Online, via Zoom
Friday 26 to Sunday 28 March 2021
Cost: Free

In light of the pandemic restrictions, this year's annual conference is taking place virtually. Although we are sorry not to be meeting in person, we will be running an online programme of films, talks and discussions in place of our usual gathering. Our theme is People, places and things - a compendium of talks on pharmacy history.

Friday 26 March, 16:00-18:00 - Day 1: People and Places
Emily Betz - Francis Bernard (1628-1698): A Seventeenth-Century Apothecary and Physician (Burnby Memorial Bursary 2021 talk)
Norma Cox - Drug Stores, 1870-1920
Soh Xi Ken - A holistic view of the evolution of pharmacy education: a case study of the University of Sunderland's School of Pharmacy (Pharmacy History Research Grant 2020 talk)
Register for Day 1 here.
Saturday 27 March, 16:00-18:00 - Day 2: Reflecting on Pharmacy History Through Material Culture
Jemma Houghton - "An unnatural obsession with bottles": the use of Citizen Science and interdisciplinary approaches in researching materia medica collections
Chris Duffin - Early Modern PPE
John Crellin - My Life, written by Luer, an hypodermic syringe
Register for Day 2 here.
Sunday 28 March, 16:00-18:00 - Day 3: Exploring Pharmacy's Global History
Kim Walker & Mark Nesbitt - Just the tonic: quinine cures and cocktails
Nick Wood - All aboard the Prosperous Solomon! The transatlantic trade of Thomas Mayleigh, Quaker apothecary
Sebestian Kroupa - Medical knowledge in transit between Manila and London: Philippine materia medica lost and found in translation (Burnby Memorial Bursary 2020 talk)
Register for Day 3 here.
This year our conference will be accompanied by a series of virtual museum tours. A new Behind the Scenes at the Museum video will be released at 10am on Friday and Sunday of the conference on our YouTube channel:
Friday 26 March: 180 Years of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Join Catherine Walker, RPS Museum Officer, as she explores the history of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. Find out where the Society came from, who founded it and how it became the RPS of today.
Sunday 28 March: The Apothecary Shop
The Thackray Museum of Medicine in Leeds holds one of the largest collections of English 17th and 18th Century apothecary jars in the world. This collection is beautiful and historically significant but not always accessible to all museum visitors. Our new interpretation focuses on engaging a broad range of audiences with the fascinating stories these jars hold, icluding global trade, slavery, unusual ingredients, professionals and patients. Join us for a short tour of the collection with Project Curator Laura Sellers as we explore some of these stories and how we are trying to bring this collection to our museum audiences.


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