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Around midsummer is one of the best times to enjoy the 6 historic gardens at the Museum, and find out about historical ideas and uses around for different herbs. Through demonstrations and display you can find out more about herbal knowledge medicinal and culinary from the Saxons to 20th century, something of the knowledge needed for the safe and effective use of herbs and identify herbs that are used today in different forms.
Herbs played an important role and were widely grown. As well as growing them for culinary purposes; they were also reliant on them for a number of other reasons. Out of necessity, ordinary country folk were using herbs to make their own medicinal remedies, so a great deal of knowledge on domestic plant remedies were built up over the centuries and passed on from one generation to
the next. Knowledge such as using Comfrey (known as knitbone) to heal wounds and broken bones, Shepherds purse to staunch bleeding, Burdock to draw out septic wounds and Plantain to heal wounds.
Heritage seeds and herbs will be on sale in the Museum shop.