The sensory experience of past landscapes is often lost to us. This series of events led by academics based in the department of History & Archaeology at the University of Chester, will encourage audiences to rediscover how past peoples smelt, touched, handled, saw and tasted their environment. Each talk will be led by an expert and have an interactive element based around sensory knowledge. From the sense of seeing and being seen in prehistoric landscapes, to the sounds of Chester and the role of touch in the botanic classroom there will be something for everyone to get their senses into.
Dr. Hope’s Botanic Sensorium – led by Dr. Clare Hickman
Dr. Clare Hickman and undergraduate history students from the University of Chester will re-enact and explore the botanic lectures given by Professor John Hope (King’s botanist for Scotland and Professor of Botany at Edinburgh medical school) in his Edinburgh botanic garden in the 1760s. Accompanied by reproductions of illustrations created by John Hope’s gardeners and artists based within the botanic garden, we will also look at the role senses played in the teaching of botany. Donna Young, Curator of the Herbarium of the World Museum Liverpool, will also be on hand with dried plant specimens and historic text books as well as her own botanic knowledge, so that the material culture of the botanic teaching room can be brought to life. As an interactive lecture, audience members will have the opportunity to try their hand at drawing dried plant specimens, thereby using their own senses to connect with botanic students of the past.
Tickets are free, but booking is required.