Welcome to the blog!

A recipe for Plague Water from 1649

Welcome to the Thackray Medical Museum’s new blog, where we will be keeping you up to date with progress on our project to ‘put the magic back in to medicine’.

It’s been a busy few months and the team are very excited about the exhibition, which will open at Easter, and the events programme that will accompany it until the end of the year.

The research has been fascinating. We have found some fantastic treasures in the Thackray archives, including a domestic ‘receipt book’ from 1649. These note books were hand made, and included recipes for making everything the average household would need, from glue to nice sauces to go with fish!

Here we show you a recipe for Plague Water.

Don’t try this at home.