The garden as a laboratory: the role of domestic gardens as places of scientific exploration in the long 18th century
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractEighteenth-century gardens have traditionally been viewed as spaces designed for leisure, and as representations of political status, power and taste. In contrast, this paper will explore the concept that gardens in this period could be seen as dynamic spaces where scientific experiment and medical practice could occur. Two examples have been explored in the pilot study which has led to this paper — the designed landscapes associated with John Hunter’s Earl’s Court residence, in London, and the garden at Edward Jenner’s house in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Garden history methodologies have been implemented in order to consider the extent to which these domestic gardens can be viewed as experimental spaces.
CitationHickman, C. (2014). The garden as a laboratory: the role of domestic gardens as places of scientific exploration in the long 18th century. Post-Medieval Archaeology 48(1), 229–247. https://doi.org/10.1179/0079423614Z.00000000054
PublisherTaylor & Francis
DescriptionThis is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Post-Medieval Archaeology on 24/06/2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1179/0079423614Z.00000000054