2016 Talks

The Road to Midnight Mushrooms


Tuesday, 15 March 2016


13.00 - 14.00


Muirhead, CRL Seminar Room



Shakespeare and his contemporaries saw mushrumps as gateways to magic, or as vile and lowly things. But times are changing and the way is led by those at the forefront of scientific revolution; mushrumps become mushrooms.

Join Martin Killeen, Senior Librarian at the Cadbury Research Library, and artist Anne Parouty, as they trace the early development of the scientific method as it came to be applied to fungi, through the works of Frances Bacon, Erasmus Darwin, John Gerard and William Withering. This talk will examine the impact on successive editions of Shakespeare as the language of poetry bends to the times.

This talk accompanies the exhibition Imagining Mushrooms II at the Coach House at Winterbourne House and Garden 14–28 March.

Presented by Cadbury Research Library and Winterbourne House and Garden