Saxon house opening October 2016

Celtic herbs

Saturday 19 May 2018


To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected].

The course

A day to make real contact with the value of our native environment, looking at those plants available to our ancestors before the Romans came. Life in a Celtic round house has left only archaeology to enlighten us but we will be using the oldest surviving source of Celtic medicinal recipes from the Book of Howel the Physician. In gathering herbs and preparing salves, poultices and herb drinks we can explore the vital importance of native herbs in diet, medicine, dyes and other crafts. Betony, vervain, woad, mistletoe, yarrow, elder, hawthorn, nettle and chickweed are a sample of the herbs you will meet on the day in their widest uses.

The tutor

Christina Stapley BSc (Hons) MCPP is now a retired qualified medical herbalist with a degree in Phytotherapy (plant therapy). She has grown some 300 herbs, studied and used them for over 30 years. Her Hampshire garden was featured on television several times. She has written three books on cultivating and using herbs in cookery, fragrant recipes, wines and liqueurs, crafts and home remedies. Christina has also edited and interpreted a 17th century book of cookery and physic recipes.

Participant information

Places are limited to 10 people. Please bring with you a pen and paper and suitable clothing footwear as you will spend part of the day outside. The course takes place in an historic building which can be cool, it is advisable to wear warm layers.


£60 per person, including tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
The Museum café will be open for lunch-time snacks or alternatively participants can bring their own packed lunch.