One of the features of Shakespeare's writing which has been frequently mentioned during this 400th anniversary year is his many references to herbs.
This talk will look at how herbalists and apothecaries used the plants he mentions, and also the plant-lore and folklore of these herbs. Coming into the present day, one of the lines in The Winter's Tale is prophetic of the cutting-edge of plant medicine today.
Julie Wakefield is a museum curator and medical historian specialising in historic herbalism and folk medicine. She gives talks at the Old Operating Theatre & Herb Garret and in Southwark Cathedral's new herb garden, the design of which reflects historical advice she provided.