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Dr Anne Stobart

Honorary University Fellow

During my career in adult, further and higher education I gained a postgraduate degree in Women’s Studies at the University of Exeter, beginning a persisting interest in the history of medicine and women healers. I am also trained as a consultant medical herbalist and I joined Middlesex University, London, in 2000, to teach on their degree programme for professional clinical practitioners of herbal medicine. In 2008 I completed my doctorate on early modern household medicine at Middlesex University. My doctoral thesis formed the basis of Household Medicine in Seventeenth-Century England which was published in 2016.

Since leaving my Middlesex university post in London in 2010, I have focused on the Holt Wood Herbs project in Devon, of which I am a co-founder. This project seeks to develop sustainable ways of cultivating and using medicinal trees and shrubs, drawing on past practices and developing new and regenerative approaches using permaculture design principles. A publication arising from this project is The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook (forthcoming 2020). I am a member of the Advisory Board for the Journal of Herbal Medicine (Elsevier) and I co-ordinate the Herbal History Research Network JISCMail discussion list. 

Research interests

Research interests

Seventeenth-century selfhelp healthcare and domestic medicine

Medicinal trees and shrubs, historical and present cultivation, harvest, trade and use

Recent publications

Stobart A. (2013) "Lett her refrain from all hott spices": Medicinal recipes and advice in the treatment of the King’s Evil in seventeenth-century south-west England. In: DiMeo M and Pennell S (eds) Reading and writing recipe books, 1550-1800. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 203-224.

Stobart A. (2014) Sourcing herbs sustainably: Past, present and future? In: Brice-Ytsma H and Watkins F (eds) Herbal exchanges: in celebration of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists. London: Strathmore Publishing, 133-140.

Francia S and Stobart A. (eds) (2014) Critical approaches to the history of western herbal medicine: From classical antiquity to the early modern period. London: Bloomsbury.

Stobart A. (2016) Household medicine in seventeenth-century England. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

Stobart A. (forthcoming 2020) The medicinal forest garden handbook: Growing, harvesting and using healing trees and shrubs in a temperate climate. East Meon, Hampshire, UK: Permanent Publications.