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Our series of talks are hosted jointly with the British Society for the History of Pharmacy.
The talks are free to attend. To reserve a place and for more information e-mail the Museum team or call 020 7572 2210.
Tropical Plants in British Pharmacy by Mark Nesbitt
Monday 9th February 2015, 5.30pm
Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Headquarters
1 Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7JN
Tropical Plants in British Pharmacy
After a glimpse into the unexpectedly long history of the import of medicinal plants from the tropics, this talk will focus on the 18th and 19th centuries. Drawing on examples from Kew’s archives and botanical collections, it will look at how European travellers learnt about what were (to them) novel remedies, how this information and sometimes the plants were disseminated, and the place of medicines from the tropics in British pharmacopoeias.
Mark Nesbitt is Curator of the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew