Jeremy Kemp's obsesion with glass bottles began while exploring a Victorian rubbish dump as a child. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Inside the York home which is a shrine to medical quackery

Jeremy Kemp says that boarding school has a lot to answer for. He blames the years he spent at an independent school in Nottinghamshire, where every minute of his waking day was strictly time-tabled, for his inability to kick back and relax. It’s also where his life-long obsession with glass bottles was born.

“I was 11 years old and one weekend a couple of friends and I decided to explore the old Victorian rubbish dump in the woods behind the school,” he says. “That’s what passed for a healthy pastime 40 odd years ago; to us it seemed like quite the playground.

Part of Jeremy Kemp's collection of medical quackery.
Part of Jeremy Kemp's collection of medical quackery.
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