Enquiries & Access

The Society’s Archives is located in Apothecaries’ Hall, Black Friars Lane, London EC4V 6EJ.

All enquiries should be made in writing and addressed to the Clerk. Details of any information already known, and the sources used, would be very helpful. Emails are acceptable (archives@apothecaries.org) but full contact details, including home or institutional postal address, must be supplied by the enquirer. Regrettably the Society is no longer able to support an Archivist and so responses must be on an ad hoc basis.

The previous research fee has been abolished and there is no charge for enquiry work but a donation to the Friends of the Archives towards conservation is always welcome. Payment may be made by personal cheque or banker’s draft (in pounds sterling) which should be made payable to: “Society of Apothecaries”, or by PayPal for overseas enquirers (see link on the homepage of the Society’s website).

Access to the Archives may be granted to bona fide scholars and researchers; however, consultation of the records is by prior appointment only.

Microfilm copies exist for many of the major series of the Society’s pre-20th-century records. These microfilms are on open access in the searchroom of the Manuscripts Department in Guildhall Library, Aldermanbury, London EC2P 7HH  (tel: 020 7332 1863; email: manuscripts.guildhall@cityoflondon.gov.uk). The Guildhall Library is open to the general public six days a week and no appointment is necessary.