Swanlund’s Collection at the Faculty of Pharmacy

The Faculty of Pharmacy has one of the most important collections at the University that is not cared for by one of the University museums. The collection consists of different types of objects used in the preparation and handling of medicines.

Ståndkärl av holländsk fajans

The collection includes scales and weights, metal scoops and powder spoons, mortars and infusion bowls. The oldest objects in the collection are two measuring glasses that are thought to have been manufactured in Switzerland during the late Middle Ages.

The largest category, however, consists of apothecary jars, used for the storage of pharmaceutical preparations. Some of the jars come from France, Holland and Italy and are decorated with beautiful paintings. Such exclusive jars have never been used in Sweden, but there are also simpler containers of the kind used in regular pharmacies. The jars date from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Pharmacist Julius Swanlund

The collection is of a very high quality. It was created by the pharmacist Julius Swanlund (1875-1952) and was donated in 1950 to the Royal Pharmaceutical Institute in Stockholm. It came into Uppsala University's possession when the Pharmaceutical Institute in 1968 became part of the University.  In Swanlund’s obituary in the Swedish Pharmaceutical Journal (1952) , the collection is particularly emphasized.

Pulversked med handtag i form av en skorpion

In addition to Swanlund's collection, the Faculty has a number of newer items, including a rector's chain from the Pharmaceutical Institute, manufactured in the 1960s. The Faculty supervises the collection, which the Pharmacy Society assisted in arranging. None of the objects have been used at the University because the collection was already historic when it was donated to the Pharmaceutical Institute. However, within the field of pharmacology, objects of this kind have been in use at the University since the 17th century.

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