The History of Seed Exchange

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
0207 434 4479 ext 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 6 March 2019

seed packets
Image © The Linnean Society of London

This lecture will explore the material practices of exchanging and saving seeds during the long eighteenth century. Drawing on the Linnean Society’s rich carpological collections, this lecture will trace the ways in which manuscript and print materials were fashioned into seed packets. How novel and rare seeds moved through social networks and the literary apparatus required to participate in such seed exchanges will be the focus of this talk.

Dr. Maria Zytaruk is Associate Professor of English at the University of Calgary. She produced the 2016 radio documentary, Seed Banks, for the CBC. She is principal investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council funded project, Seeds for Tomorrow.


  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.

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