11am-1pm & 2-4pm, drop-in.
Suggested donation £1.50.
When Louise Rayner moved to Chester in 1869 she boarded with Robert Shearing, who owned a chemist’s shop in Watergate Street. The 1860s saw terrible ill-health among Chester’s poor; diseases like smallpox, cholera and tuberculosis were rife. Working people couldn’t afford to see a doctor, so it was left to the pharmacist to offer cures and preparations. Join us in our chemist’s shop to learn about Victorian medicines and the weird and wonderful instruments they used. Have a go at mixing your own remedies and potions and take home an herbal-scented medicine bag to ease your nerves!