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Botanical Encounters


Fully booked

Thursday 18 January 2018


In 1911, Henry Wellcome’s agent, Paira Mall, was sent to India to collect objects and local botanical knowledge for both Wellcome’s museum and the potential development of pharmaceutical products. But the significance of plants in wellbeing goes far beyond their use in medicinal drugs. Join us to explore the therapeutic role of plants and spices in traditional practices, biomedicine and in the home.


  • Monisha Bharadwaj, food historian, food writer and chef
  • Michael Heinrich, Professor of Pharmacognosy (Ethnopharmacology/Medicinal Plant research), University College London
  • Sukvinder K. Bhamra, Lecturer in Pharmacy, University of Kent


Elizabeth Lynch, creative producer

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 5 January.