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Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great
Britain (RPSGB) is the regulatory and professional body for
pharmacists in England, Scotland and Wales. It has its headquarters
in Lambeth in London.
The primary objective of the RPSGB is to lead,
regulate and develop the pharmacy profession. All pharmacists
in Great Britain (approximately 44,000) must be registered with
The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
was founded by a group of leading London chemists and druggists
on April 15, 1841, at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand
in London. In 1843, Queen Victoria granted the Society its royal
charter. In 1988, Queen Elizabeth II agreed that the title "Royal"
should be granted to the society.
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has had a
museum collection since 1842. The exhibits cover all aspects
of British pharmacy history, and include:
Traditional dispensing equipment.
Drug storage containers.
Fine "Lambeth delftware" dating
from the 1600s and 1700s.
Proprietary (brand name) medicines dating
from the 1700s to the present day.
A photo archive.
Since 2002 the Society has concentrated on
developing the collection of historical and contemporary proprietary
medicines. The museum is may be visited by appointment.