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£5 members/£7 non-members

In 1794, the highly successful physician John Coakley Lettsom published Grove-Hill, An Horticultural Sketch, which acted as a guidebook for visitors to his semi-rural estate in Camberwell on the outskirts of London. This talk will use Lettsom’s landscape as a key example to explore how medical practitioners used their botanical training to capitalize on the growing fashion for botanical collecting and agricultural experimentation in institutional, semi-public, and private gardens across Britain. In turn this will also highlight how medical practitioners were using and experiencing gardens in the late Georgian period. Taking an approach that combines the history of science, medicine and the environment, the garden will be revealed as an important site of knowledge creation and exchange for a rising professional class of medical practitioners.

Clare Hickman is a Senior Lecturer in History at Newcastle University working at the intersection of environmental and medical history. Her recent Wellcome Trust funded Fellowship, ‘The Garden as a Laboratory’, merged the history of medicine, health and science, with that of the landscape and environment and has resulted in a number of articles as well as her latest book, The Doctor’s Garden: Medicine, Science, and Horticulture in Britain (Yale University Press, 2021).

The talks starts at 6.30pm. Joining details will be sent to attendees the day before.

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