Old Library botanical exhibition opens January 24th

A colourful display of rare material launches this month.


Treat yourselves to a bounteous display of all things botanical in our beautiful Old Library, featuring 16th-century herbal remedies, Charles Darwin's flesh-eating plants and Christ's College's glorious gardens.

The stage is set for our colourful exhibition showcasing 500 years of human encounters with the botanical world: from John Parkinson’s Theater of plants (1640), chock-full of herbal pressings gathered by an enthusiastic reader, to Charles Darwin’s musings on plants in his personal letters to his cousin William Darwin Fox.  With manuscript material from Darwin’s mentor and renowned botanist John Henslow, an entertaining look at the history of gardening (including beekeeping!) and some wonderful ephemera from the Christ’s College Garden Archive, this lively display of rare material will fascinate and inform.  

The exhibition is free and open to the public every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 2-4pm until the end of June 2017.  Please note that we will be closed during student exam period, from 5th May -16th June.