26 May, 2020, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Biblical Herbarium – a Story of Victorian Science and Religion

Jon Topham


All Welcome

In the 1890s, parson-naturalist Henry Baker Tristram teamed up with a firm of Birmingham manufacturing druggists to design a remarkable box of dried plant specimens for sale to schools, as a way of illustrating the plants mentioned in the Bible. Given how often Victorian Britain has been characterized as an age in which science and religion were at war, we might be excused for finding “Southall’s Biblical Herbarium” a rather surprising object. However, this lecture by Jon Topham uses the herbarium to re-examine our presuppositions, inviting viewers to discover some of the surprising and thought-provoking ways in which scientific and religious beliefs and practices were interconnected in the lives of our great-grandparents.

Click here to watch Jon’s lecture

Then if that fires your imagination and curiousity, why not join the online discussion group at 4pm Tue 26th May. For details of how to access the discussion group, please click here.

This lecture is the 7th in a series of 20 as part of a free online course offering an introduction to the History of Science by the Centre for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Leeds.