Flowers for the Fallen

Flowers for the fallen: From Meadow Sweet to Poppies – The Use of Plants in Ritual and Remembrance by Gill Campbell, Historic England on 10 November 2022.

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About this event

Plants and flowers have been used in funeral and commemoration rituals for thousands of years. Some were placed in the grave as both symbols of life and death, while others served as food for the dead.

This talk will explore the part plants have played in tribute and remembrance from an archaeobotanist’s point of view focussing on the history of the field poppy and the central part it plays in our culture.

Poppy Photo by Jean Macdonald

About Gill

Gill Campbell works for Historic England as a laboratory manager. As an archaeobotanist she studies the remains of plants recovered from archaeological sites and preserved in historic buildings in order to understand our relationship with plants, the basis of life on earth, over time. Gill is particularly interested in how individual species interact with people over time, from humble weeds to monumental trees.

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Gill will talk for 40 mins

Hosted by Company of Makers’ co-founder Steve Bomford.


Gill’s talk will be followed by a 20 minute interactive Q&A session, so you’ll have the opportunity to get involved and she’ll answer as many of your questions as we can squeeze in.

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