19 July 2021 - 8 April 2022

10am-4.30pm

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Free entry

11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

Throughout history humans have used plants to cure illnesses. 350 years ago two Edinburgh doctors, Robert Sibbald and Andrew Balfour, started a garden to grow medicinal plants and this small plot has grown into Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Garden. 11 years later in 1681, Sibbald and Balfour went on to found the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

We are celebrating the two institutions' shared history with this exhibition that explores how pictures have been used over the centuries to accurately identify the plants that many of our vital medicines come from.

Explore Medical Botany

ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME
EDINBURGH'S PHYSIC GARDENS
EARLY BOTANICAL BOOKS
Dr Gavin Hardy explores the early history of botanical medicine and folklore An online tour of Edinburgh's rich botanical history and physic gardens Uncovering the stories behind some of the remarkable works in the College's collections

 

Contacts

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To find out more about the exhibition and to arrange guided tours for groups please email us at library@rcpe.ac.uk

For press releases, images or other press-related information please email us at policy@rcpe.ac.uk