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Herbals – the visual language of plants



Thursday 14 December 2017


How have illustrations been used to reveal the virtues of plants in healing from past to present?

Pharmacy formed the backbone of medical therapy during antiquity and the Middle Ages in Western Europe. Having privileged access to ancient medical science, the Benedictine monk became a crucial link in the quest for finding out what mother nature offered to heal. The distilling, exchange and transfer of their expertise lay at the heart of the early pharmaceutical texts. In turn, the emergence of print from the 15th century served to perpetuate the format of the medieval herbal, albeit with increasing realism. Yet is there any difference in how we look at plants today? How much of this early knowledge has been passed down and used, and to what extent have graphics played a part in this?

Speaker: Julia Nurse, Collections Researcher, Wellcome Library

Find out more about herbals in our Pharmagraphics digital story.

This event is FREE. Tickets will become available below from 11.00 on Friday 24 November.