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Victorian Pharmacy recreated at Blists Hill
Blists Hill Victorian Town pharmacy (image: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust)
Blists Hill recently missed out on winning the 100,000 Art Fund Prize

Blists Hill Victorian Town in Ironbridge features in a new, four-part TV series for BBC Two.

Victorian Pharmacy is a historical documentary looking at life in the 19th Century, and how people attempted to cure common ailments.

As part of the series, producers use Blists Hill to recreate the scene at an everyday pharmacy.

The programme investigates some of the stranger Victorian remedies, such as leeches, oil of earthworm and potions laced with cannabis and opium.

Victorian Pharmacy also looks at some important non-medicinal products that owe their development to 19th Century pharmacists, including custard powder, Worcester Sauce, matches, disinfectant and even fireworks.

The series features four, one-hour programmes and episodes are also available on BBC iPlayer.




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