Well I have fallen far behind on updating this blog about my current posts for the Science Museum’s ‘Stories from the Stores’ page. 

The first centres around Sherlock Holmes and his infamous seven percent solution, but touches more generally on the use of cocaine in the late Victorian age:


It is a topic which certainly deserves more discussion. For example, did you know between 1888 and 1928 coca was recommended for morning sickness? 

Although it’s not mentioned in this next blog, cocaine also played an important part in the Antarctic expeditions of the early twentieth century. A cocaine solution was used widely as a treatment for the snow-blindness that plagued explorers such as Captain Scott. Speaking of Scott, in the next installment of the blog, we had a look into one of his Antarctic medicine chests:


The object history of this Burroughs and Wellcome medicine chest is absolutely fascinating, not only as a look into early twentieth century medicine, but also as a lense on Scott’s ill-fated trek to the Pole. Understandably, the Science Museum limits the length of it’s blogs, but I am hoping to take some time to write a longer post here. Check back soon!