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Episode 4

Victorian Pharmacy, Series 1 Episode 4 of 4

In a unique experiment, historian Ruth Goodman, Professor Nick Barber and PhD student Tom Quick are recreating an authentic 19th-century pharmacy.

The last programme in the series sees Ruth, Tom and Nick continue with Barber and Goodman's Pharmacy through to the end of the Victorian era.

Tom branches out into photography and dentistry using the latest technology, such as the foot-pedal dental drill. Ruth makes condoms out of sheep's intestines. Nick learns how to make the Victorian version of aspirin - producing a cure for warts and corns along the way. And for those customers who like a little pampering, the team turn their hands to making their very own brand of perfume.

As they shut up shop for the last time, the team reflect on a revolution in public healthcare that put a chemist's shop in every town in the country.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 4 Oct 2010 02:35


Role Contributor
Executive ProducerDavid Upshal
PresenterRuth Goodman

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