Museum of Pharmacy and Chemistry: bringing to light the history of a discipline in our country

Museum of Pharmacy and Chemistry: bringing to light the history of a discipline in our country

Created by César Leyton in 1951, this space protects the memory and the trajectories of this area of knowledge and of life University, preserving microscopes, mortars, scales - among other precious materials, as well as a complete library, which today is intended to make visible and to share with the University and national community from an ongoing revitalization process.

The development of science in the country. This is one of the issues that can be read between the lines when you visit theMuseum of chemistry and pharmacy César Leyton Caravagno of the Faculty of chemical and pharmaceutical sciencesof the University of Chile, located steps from the kilometre zero of the capital, street Merced.

Hostedin the premises of the school of chemical pharmaceuticalsSince 1987, this museum develope, more than 60 years ago, traces of the growth of the discipline in our country, from the hand of their development in the House of Bello, in a story in which prominent academics have participated as Raúl Cabrera, in the direction of the project in Tre 1976 and 1986; Hermann Schmidt-Hebbel between 1987 and 1996; and Irma Pennacchiotti, 1996-2017, year in which began a process of revitalization of the hand of the conservative Richard Solís and Iván Oyarzún, today in development.

The leverage and opening of a patrimonial space

As he pointed outJavier Puente, Vice-Dean of the FacultyChemical and pharmaceutical sciences, the academic unit is "promoting a project forupdating and making an enhancement of its valuable heritage", project with which they hope to"give it to meet the community and thus assist in the understanding of the development of the pharmaceutical assistance in Chile", all this, in Museum work and conservation, where already was the formation of collections."

"This museum is produced a cross between science and heritage," said Richard Solísgiven elements sheltered by the establishment to tell "a story where our institutionality, the u. of Chile, has a powerful role in the raison d ' être of these disciplines".

Thus, we descend to the basement of the building, Museum visitors can tour the nooks and crannies where rest microscopes, mortars, autoclaves, balances and containers of various drugs and materials handling of reagents and preparations of pharmaceutical formulations, all from different periods, at the same time that enter to thelibrary where shelter, among other things, the thesis of the pioneers of the subject in our country, as well as a publication of 1580 "Kranter Bush" of Adam Lanicerus, and an important series of foreign and national specialty magazines.

It is precisely this last type of materials that are being next to a conservation work,gradually admitted to the beautiful catalogof the University of Chile, in order to ensure your registration and the systematization of their future use.

The history of the discipline and its social role

Another of thehistorical crossings present in this museum is the relationship between the advancement of the discipline and the problems of our country. For Iván Oyarzún this is materialised in that "rather than keep curios, the idea is also to unravel that story that has a powerful connection with society", from "small objects give us account of science-related issues social, with a clear, such as incidence,publications above of nutritionthat could be another area, have much to do with chemistry".

Is therefore one of the cornerstones of this new stage of thisScientific and University MuseumIt is, as noted by Richard Solís, "do something more inclusive, which serves not only for college students, but can link it with the school student world", which is compounded by the work ofresearch and conservationthat it is already developing.

Visits to the Museum of chemistry and pharmacy are from Tuesday to Friday from 15:00 to 17:00 hrs. For special travels or questions, write to the The Museum is located in Merced 50, Metro Baquedano across from forest park.