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22 October - 13 November
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Plants, practices and menstrual health

My local area theme

What’s on offer?

This workshop explores the historical and social context of how we use plants, manage our bodily health and represent the natural world. The discussion looks at the connection between different medicinal and eco-friendly traditions and current practices, and how these are represented in public settings like museums, focusing on knowledge relevant to people linked to their local environment e.g. Cardiff area.

During the workshop we will ‘show and tell’ a range of products and plants which have been used by women throughout the years for menstrual support, and consider how personal care practices, social relations and ecological concerns have impacted and shaped different trends. We will offer a tea tasting of three plant infusions and a dried herb will be offered for participants to take away.

What’s it about?

This workshop considers how we can build practical knowledge of how to care for health using herbs/plants as menstrual products, while considering how this knowledge could be best communicated to others in public settings. The underpinning research of this event is done in partnership with Amgueddfa Cymru|National Museum Wales. 

Who’s leading the event?

Fiona Roberts, Doctoral Student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University 

Alice Essam, Doctoral Student in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University 

Amelia Curtis-Rogers, Doctoral Student in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University 

Of particular interest to

This event is particularly suited for adults and teenagers interested in learning more about how the relationships between plants and people can be explored to experience ‘going green’ in everyday life, while considering how best to share that knowledge with others.