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Turner pharmacy collection (19th-20th C.)


A collection of published volumes and manuscript works donated by Professor T. D. Turner OBE (a retired School of Pharmacy Professor), relating to the pharmacy profession, pharmaceutical education and pharmacy practice, particularly in Wales.  Includes extensive runs of British Pharmacopoeias, plus volumes of the (British) National Formulary.  Also held is the Chemist and Druggist trade journal, for 1887-1919 (later volumes from 1920-1995 are held in the School of Pharmacy). A list of printed volumes is available.

Also held are several dozen important manuscript volumes of prescription books, gathered from pharmacists around south Wales and beyond, from the 19th to mid 20th century.

Date range: 19th - 20th century

Significance: Of significance in Wales and the United Kingdom

Size: c.200 volumes

Languages: English, German, French, Latin

Keywords: Pharmacy, pharmacology, pharmacognosy

The 'Turner Collection' of historical pharmacy artefacts is displayed in public areas on the ground and second floors, and in Room 1.03, of the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Cardiff University. It consists of more than one thousand items which chronicle the development of both production and dispensing of medicines from the early 19th to the mid-20th century and reflect the changing character of the pharmacy during this period.

Professor T. D. Turner OBE assembled the collection over a period of more than fifty years and transferred ownership and management to the School for the benefit of both historians and future pharmacy students interested in the origins of their chosen profession.

Professor Turner has also contributed to a number of other collections and displays relating to pharmacy history in Wales, both in Cardiff and further afield:

  • The National Museum of Wales holds a collection of nearly 500 material medica specimens, donated and catalogued by Professor T. D.Turner OBE.
  • The Apothecary's Hall and neighbouring Apothecary's Garden at the National Botanic Garden of Wales provides an opportunity to visit a late 19th century pharmacy, and to learn about the plant origins of medicines both in Wales and around the world.
  • Cardiff Story Museum has a number of pharmacy items in its collection, most notably a drug run that originally came from Anthony’s Pharmacy on St Mary Street, Cardiff.