For more than three centuries, Sir Hans Sloane has been recognised as an important and sometimes controversial figure in the history of modern science, whose fame as a collector and his contributions to the chocolate industry have often eclipsed his many other interests of a scientific nature.
A panel of leading Sloane scholars will explore the myths and facts of his extraordinary life and his contributions to science at the Chelsea Physic Garden, which he gifted to the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries “in perpetuity” for a rent of £5 per year, on condition that they maintain their commitment to the study of botany.
The panel will include Mark Spencer (former Curator of the Sloane Herbarium at the Natural History Museum), Jonathan King (former Keeper of Anthropology at the British Museum), renowned Sloane scholar Ian Foster, plus other speakers to be confirmed.
Ticket price of £17 includes a glass of wine. Doors open at 6.30pm
Tickets may be bought at https://www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk/Event/a-journey-to-enlightenment-exploring-the-life-and-work-of-sir-hans-sloane