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British Society for the History of Pharmacy’s Annual Conference

Join us in Oxford for our annual conference, based just outside the city at the Holiday Inn.  Full details and a booking form have been sent out to members with the January 2023 Gazette, or are available to download here.

Our programme combines short talks, invited speakers, visits and social events, many linked to the conference theme of “Training, learning and education.” We have an optional pre-conference guided tour of the Oxford Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum, plus a visit to the History of Science Museum as part of the programme.

A range of delegate packages are available from full residential (including 2 nights’ accommodation, all meals and all activities), non-residential, and day rates.  Students can attend our morning talks sessions on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April for free!

Please contact Briony Hudson, Conference Organiser conference@bshp.org with any queries.



Friday 31 March
2:00pm Optional visit to Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum
From 5pm Conference registration at the hotel. (Check-in available from 2pm)
7:00pm Dinner, followed by Stephen A Harris (Druce Curator of Oxford University Herbaria)
George Claridge Druce

Saturday 1 April
9:30am Welcome from BSHP President, Chris Duffin
9:35am Manuela Marai How to compound a remedy: Galen’s method and instructions to
combine multiple ingredients
9:55am Jelena Manojlovic Adam Lonicerus’s Kreuterbuch as functional cultural heritage
10:15am Matteo Sartori and Julia Prakofjewa “Balsam de Chili” and Drimys winteri. Entangled
Histories of British Pharmacy
10:35am Maria do Sameiro Barroso Medicine and magic in a recipe of Aspasia
10:55am Coffee and poster viewing
11:20am Chris Duffin The Stag as a source of materia medica
11:40pm Elinore Gillespie The formulary then & now: from instruction manual to instructional
12:00 noon Florian Eidam-Weber Teaching at the Institute of the History of Pharmacy and
Medicine at Philipps University Marburg, Germany – its past, present and future
12:20pm Discussion
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Depart for visit to History of Science Museum
2:15pm Arrival at History of Science Museum
7:30pm Dinner

Sunday 2 April
9:30am Annual General Meeting
10:15am Coffee and poster viewing
10:30am Gabriel Lake Carter “The Pharmacy Image”: Advertising and the Business Education of
Pharmacists, 1900-1975
10:50am Carolyn Collins “The best morning tonic” Citrus aurantium, from pharmacy jar to
marmalade pot; looking at the therapeutic value of the Seville Orange
11:10am Manon Auffret From medieval apothecaries to the Faculty of Pharmacy of Rennes:
a short history of pharmaceutical education in Brittany
11:30am Comfort break
11:40am Professor Roisin O’Hare A history of hospital pharmacy training
President’s closing remarks
Lunch and departure.