Chemist Shop Time Capsule
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See how time has stood still within a ‘time capsule’ chemist’s shop – which lay forgotten and neglected for 100 years before finding a new home at Flambards.
Chemist William White died in 1909, ending his management of a pharmacy in South Petherton, Somerset. His son Edward was unqualified to dispense drugs and boarded up the store – and it lay dormant for 100 years.
Flambards rescued the shop and began a painstaking task to number and chart thousands of artefacts – right down to the cobwebs! The team then reassembled every medicine bottle, apothecary jar, quartz carboy, demijohn and pill dispenser in exactly the same positions they were found in.
There was just one difference – The Home Office confiscated dangerous compounds and poisons!