Poppy Wilson St James

Copyright 2014

A Spoonful of Sugar...

Throughout history it was more commonplace to see sugary foodstuffs on the shelves of an apothecary rather than in the windows of confectioners. Sugar was very expensive and used mainly as a 'spice' for the wealthy and as a preservative for medicinal spices. I have looked at the cures of old and attempted to bring them into the 21st century to compare with the sugary treats and medicines of today and see what has changed; for example medicines no longer contain sugar as an active ingredient but still have to be kept away from children with their candy like appearance. By reforming historical sugary cures into the forms of modern day medicines, such as pills and caplets, we are invited to question how we perceive sugar in contemporary culture. >>>

 
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Sugary Pills in Bottles

Using the pills to discuss the history of sugar in medicine with two primary school children.

 
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Clear Tests- Lozenge, caplet, tablet and pills

 
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Spices Tests- Lozenges, Tablets and Pills

 
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Moulds made from actual pills

 
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Label testing

 
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Chamber Spice

Clear Resin, Mixed Spices, Chemist's Plastic Pill Bottle

 
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Wormwood Cakes

Clear Resin, Chemist's Pill Bottle

 
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Liquorice Pills

Resin, Chemist's Pill Bottle