VICTORIAN PHARMACY (2010, BBC)
While searching for videos or infographics to be posted in one of our clients’ social media, I stumbled upon this British documentary entitled Victorian Pharmacy. It consists of 4 one-hour documentary about pharmaceuticals during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Shot in Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire, the documentary re-created the life in those times, and studied how pharmacies played a role in medicine and commerce. The docu stars historian Ruth Goodman, Pharmacy professor Nick Barber, and PhD student Tom Quick. The three of them played their roles well as pharmacists and pharmacy assistant and interviewed experts while experimenting medicines or treatments. Selected persons played as patients or customers to try those medications.
Each episode and segment shows how cures came to be, including some unconventional practices. I couldn’t imagine a blood-letting using leeches but they did in those times and they tried it on someone, too. Pharmacists not only concocted medicines, they also concocted sauces like the Worcestershire sauce by Lea & Perrins which Ruth Goodman tried to recreate in the first episode.
I love the idea of recreating a historical era, and I was hooked. If you’re into historical documentary, watch this and learn.