May 2021

English Delftware Drug Jars : "In Paynted Pots is Hidden the Deadliest Poyson" with Briony Hudson

Welcome to The Arts Society Brighton & Hove
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 - 11:00

Join Briony Hudson and The Arts Society Brighton & Hove on Zoom for "In Paynted Pots is Hidden the Deadliest Poyson" 

Join Briony Hudson and The Arts Society BrightOn & Hove for "In Paynted Pots is Hidden the Deadliest Poyson".

Blue and white tin-glazed earthenware has long been admired and collected for its attractive appearance, but this lecture goes further by examining English delftware with a pharmaceutical purpose. Drawing on examples from collections at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Surgeons of England, this talk will provide a beginner's guide to these beautiful yet practical vessels. By placing them in their wider historical context, Briony will also demonstrate that delftware drug jars have an undervalued role to play in understanding medical practices in the 17th and 18th centuries. 

Please note this lecture will be held via Zoom.  The link to the lecture will be sent to members on Monday 10th May 2021.

Image Credit: Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum


Ms Briony Hudson

Studied History at Cambridge University, and Museums Studies at Leicester University. Having worked at museums as diverse as Hereford Cider Museum, the V&A, and Wakefield Museum, Briony was Keeper of the Museum Collections at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society from 2002 to 2010. Publications include English Delftware Drug Jars: The collection of the Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Jacob Bell: a useful and honourable life. Past President of the British Society for the History of Pharmacy, and lectures to wide-ranging audiences on wide-ranging topics relating to pharmacy history.