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The Restoration of the Pharmacy at Santo Spirito Hospital

On the afternoon of Thursday 4th February 2010, in front of an audience of distinguished guests, the oldest pharmacy in Malta dating back to the late 16th century, was inaugurated at the former Santo Spirito Hospital in Rabat. Today the National Archives, revived the old hospital building after a long period of neglect when the hospital had ceased to function in the early nineteen sixties. 
 
The pharmacy was in this period of neglect used as a store. After that the National Archives were fully established, the pharmacy was then ripe to be given the old glory of the past by restoration. This was especially made evident when the need to have a comprehensive medical history museum in Malta, fully equipped with all the instruments in use at the time of its functionality was felt around the medical circles. These instruments were used in the self-preparation of medicines, would then show the unique evidence of the “Art of Dispensing” as a permanent exhibition. 
 
Through the inestimable work of the former MP and retired pharmacy technician, Mr Michael Bonnici, who personally did all the stone and carpentry restoration of the original furniture as well as embellishing the pharmacy with his father’s pharmacy logs and decades-old equipment and utensils, brought out the old glory of the oldest pharmacy in the island of Malta. 
 
The National Archives intends to fix opening hours for the said research pharmacy. In the meantime anyone interested in visiting can put request on customercare.archives@gov.mt  
 
The restored Pharmacy at the National Archives in Hospital Street Rabat 
 
is being opened for viewing by the general public on the following days until further notice. 
 
First Thursday of each month between 10.00 and 13.00 
 
Last Thursday of each month between 15.00 and 17.00 
 
Groups of more than 20 are being urged to contact the Archives office on 
 
Tel: 21459863 or e.mail customercare.archives@gov.mt 
 
 
 
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