Postponed: Refiguring the Indian Botanical Archive

  • Free
  • Seminar
  • Hearing loop
Photograph of Aarathi Prasad talking to an auduience in the Viewing Room at Wellcome Collection during a Library Insights event. The backs of the audience's heads are in the foreground.
Aarathi Prasad talking at a Library Insights event, Thomas SG Farnetti. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

This event has been postponed. The new date will be added here soon.

What you'll do

Come and hear Dr Sita Reddy as she describes how East India Company botanical archives bury colonial pasts and erase indigenous contributions. She will focus on 'Hortus Indicus Malabaricus', a monumental 17th-century Dutch illustrated herbal and medico-botanical treatise, a copy of which is held at Wellcome. Following her talk, there will be an opportunity for you to discuss her ideas.

About your speaker

Sita Reddy

Dr Sita Reddy held a Wellcome Research Bursary in 2017 and is currently an independent scholar based in Hyderabad, India. She has guest-edited a special issue of Marg magazine on Indian botanical art, and is writing a book titled Medicine and the Jangala Books, both of which draw on her Wellcome research.



Need to know


We’ll be in the Viewing Room. It’s next to the Library entrance on level 2, which you can reach by taking the lift or the stairs.

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Hearing loop

There will be an induction loop at this event for visitors with hearing aids.

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