There are spaces available on this interesting workshop in April. More
details of the Medicinal Receipts Research Group are at:
A study day to examine the practice and purpose of herbal distillation
from Anglo-Norman to Victorian times, organised by the Medicinal
Receipts Research Group.
The day will be conducted by Christina Stapley - writer, herbalist and
lecturer, author of ‘The Receipt Book of Lady Anne Blencowe 1694’
(Heartease Books 2004), and Ian Pearce – historical researcher and
Wednesday 26 April 10.00 - 3.30pm
Venue Petersfield Physic Garden, 16 High St. Petersfield, Hampshire
10 minutes walk from Petersfield station (1 hr from Waterloo)
10.00am Introduction to understanding aromatic water receipts and
the most important herbs used. This will be followed by plant
identification within the physic garden.
11.00am Coffee break
11.30am Practical demonstrations of the use of aromatic waters
within recipes from different centuries. Discussion of some specific
compound water receipts leading to a practical demonstration of
distillation with a copper alembic.
1.00 pm Lunch (details of availability: see below)
2.00pm Distillation continued. Discussion of bases used, examination of
the possible synergistic relationship of herbs, and consistency within
recipes. Traditional use eg cephalic, cordial and epidemic waters
compared with modern applications. Results of the distillation
3.30pm Finish. Tea.
Cost members £17 student members £15
Payable to Dr Caroline Bowden: 5 Merthyr Terrace, London SW13 8DL
non-members £20 £18 to students
Lunch A light lunch will be provided at an additional cost of £5,
payable in advance when you book.
Organiser Nicky Wesson: 26 Church St, Hampton TW12 2EG 020 8941
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Dr Mark Nesbitt
Project Manager, PLANT CULTURES
Royal Botanic Gardens
Tel (direct): +44 (0)20 8332 5719
Fax: +44 (0)20 8332 5768