Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Launches New Online History Resource

The Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has launched a brand new on-line resource for pupils at Key Stage 3 and 4. Health Histories uses primary source material to allow students to investigate pharmacy history in the 20th century.

Written with the British Dental Museum, the project was inspired by the discovery that both pharmacy and dentistry get little mention in the history of medicine taught in secondary schools.

Primary sources are provided alongside suggested activities and questions, and include oral history excerpts from patients remembering changes before and after the National Health Service was introduced, to bring history alive to pupils.

The package of materials also includes extensive teachers’ notes that provide background information and contextual resources to support the use of Health Histories in the classroom.

Briony Hudson, Keeper of the Museum Collections, said: “Health Histories sprung from our audience development programme, and the realisation that teachers didn’t have the resources available to make sure that pharmacy history was included in their teaching. We have put this right by providing inspiring original source material to ensure that pharmacy is no longer excluded from the history of medicine in schools.”