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Wilkinson Gallery

Wilkinson Gallery


The Wilkinson 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.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringPicnic siteWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality



    Judith Knox

    0113 244 4343


    Near St James's Hospital,
    141 Beckett Street,
    LS9 7LN



    See location of Thackray Medical Museum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

    Map reference: SE 318348  Lat: 53.80855 Long: -1.51817

    By Road:
    Leave M1 at jct 43, then M621 to jct 4. Follow signs for Harrogate and St James Hospital over River Aire at Crown Point Bridge. Get into right-hand lane. At jct go straight on (signed St James' Hospital) under bridge to major jct.

    By Public Transport:
    Taxi or buses (take bus routed to St James' Hospital), City centre buses include 16, 42, 50, 50A and 49 Get off the bus at the hospital and the museum entrance is next door.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Leeds station


    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled accessDisabled access
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
    • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality