Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Victorian Pharmacy Series Documentary

Victorian Pharmacy is a historical recreation documentary of a 19th Century pharmacy dating back to the beginning reign of Queen Victoria. The film follows historian Ruth Goodman, Professor Nick Barber and PhD student Tom Quick as they uncover interesting techniques and not so conventional ingredients to making of old fashioned treatments, cures, and potions for common ailments.

Back in the Victorian times many chemist were just learning how some ingredients affected the health of the people. Since some of the ingredients of Victorian remedies are now either illegal or known to be dangerous, like for instance arsenic and opium (good grief!), the team had to come out with safer alternatives.

Will Victorian remedies be as good as modern medicine? Don't worry you don't have to be the guinea pig. Nice willing and I must say brave souls volunteered to trying these remedies out. Watch and see.

Oh I must warn you, some information and portions in this documentary are not suitable for children.

Enjoy the film!


Episode One

Episode Two

Episode Three

Episode Four

By the way Victorian Pharmacy was filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town which is an opened air museum that attempts to recreate Victorian Shropshire town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Research provided by Youtube, Wikipedia, Top Documentary Films.

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