Former Display Label: 'Penicillin culture'
Penicillin is the active antibiotic agent secreted by the fungus Penicillium notatum. The fungus was grown for therapeutic extraction in a liquid or gel culture. The dried-up sample of pencillin culture  originally floated on top of fluid.
The early penicillin research at Oxford coincided with the beginning of World War II. Wartime stringencies meant that apparatus had to be improvised. Culture vessels included sheep dip cans , bedpans  and stacked biscuit tins .
- Inventory no. 23034 - Former Display Label
- Special Exhibition Label: 'Back from the Dead: Demystifying Antibioics' 04.11.2016 - 21.05.2017. Dunn School Case. Shelf 1.
- Former Display Label: Science at Oxford
- Inventory No. 23034, "Original Penicillin Culture, Oxford, 1940s", Florey
- Inventory No. 14867, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (Sheep Dip Can)"
- Inventory No. 18651, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (Enamel Bed Pan)"
- Inventory No. 30879, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (Enamel)"
- Inventory No. 15637, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (Enamel)"
- Inventory No. 17152, "Penicillin Culture Vessel (3 Tier Biscuit Tins)"