Lady Boscawen’s seventeenth-century plant notebook: Some issues in herbal and garden history
To what extent did housewives grow and collect herbs for medicinal use in early modern times? Contemporary printed sources suggest that women took much responsibility for gardens and household healthcare in this period. However, there has been limited scholarly study of the extent to which women planned or carried out such activities.  Dr Anne Stobart, a medical herbalist and member of the Herbal History Research Network, will consider these questions and describe her research interests.  Anne was based at Middlesex University in London from 2000 and held the post of Director of Programmes for Complementary Health Sciences until 2010. She completed her PhD in 2009; her thesis focused on seventeenth-century domestic medicine in South-west England.  
Where:  Kenn Centre, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7UE.
When:  Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 2.30p.m. (Doors open at 2.00p.m.)
Cost:  £5 (DGT members)/ £6 (non-members) to include afternoon refreshments.  Please book before Monday 17th March 2014.
To book, please download a booking form here or contact Dr Ian M Varndell (tel. 07769 335506 or email

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