History of local chemist is to be the subject of talk

22 February 2013

A free lunchtime talk on Aberdeen's historic pharmacy collection will take place at 12.30pm on Wednesday 27 February at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Shiprow.

The George Shepherd Pharmaceutical Collection contains many important items from the former traditional chemist's, Davidson & Kay Ltd, a local pharmacy business founded in 1834.

It includes the shop fixtures and fittings, glass, ceramics, proprietary medicines and a substantial business archive. Davidson & Kay Ltd is well-known and fondly remembered locally but the collection is of national importance to Scotland, consisting of the contents of a chemist at the turn of the twentieth century and a business archive unique in the UK.

Aberdeen City Council's documentation assistant Hollie Mitchell has spent the past three months been working to make the collection publicly accessible through Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums online catalogue: http://www.aagm.co.uk/TheCollections/BasicSearch.aspx

Hollie will during the course of the 30 minute talk the history of Davidson & Kay from the formation of the business to its success and expansion, the highlights of the collection including shop display objects, poison bottles and pill-making equipment and the importance of the unique pharmacy collection.

Documentation assistant Hollie Mitchell said: "This has been an invaluable opportunity to work with and research a unique collection of local importance."

Advance is booking is essential by telephoning (01224) 337714.