Wilkinson Apothecary Gallery


The Wilkinson Apothecary Gallery houses our unique collection of 600 ceramic apothecary jars.
Spectacular and priceless, this is the largest collection of its type in the world and is among the Thackray Medical Museum’s most treasured possessions. Spanning several centuries, from the 1500s to the 1800s, this historically important collection includes 400 English examples and 200 from Italy and other countries.
Many of the jars, which were used by pharmacists and apothecaries to store medicine and medicinal ingredients, are exquisite works of art in their own right.
This outstanding collection was donated to the Thackray Medical Museum by Dr John Frederick Wilkinson, a Manchester physician who died in 1998 at the age of 101. He gradually accumulated the jars over a period of 40 years.