About this event

  • Date and time Thu 16 Jun 2022 from 11:30am to 12:45pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Senior Fellows Forum

Lindley Library Art Curator, Charlotte Brooks, will explore the history of the RHS botanical art collection.

The worlds of science and art come together in art collections of the RHS Lindley Library. Representing 400 years of botanical illustrations, the heritage collections are complemented by works from contemporary award-winning botanical artists. What are we seeing when we look at a piece of botanical art? What makes a Gold medal picture? Ms Brooks will explore these and other questions in this talk.

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Key speakers

Charlotte Brooks

Art Curator, Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library

Speaker's biography

Charlotte Brooks has been working with the art collections at the Lindley Library for 18 years. She is Secretary for the Botanical Art Judging Panel, which sees artists from around the world exhibit in the hope of gaining RHS medals.


Charlotte has contributed to numerous short papers and articles, and her first book RHS Botanical Illustrations: The Gold Medal Winners, was published in 2019. Her next book on the RHS orchid paintings is due out in 2022.


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Welcome and introduction

Chair: Dr David Murfin, Honorary Secretary, Retired Fellows Society, Royal Society of Medicine

Worth a thousand words: An introduction to the botanical art collections in the RHS Lindley Library

Charlotte Brooks, Art Curator, Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Library


Close of meeting followed by lunch

For those who have pre-booked



Special rates for difficult times  

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and apply during the course of the pandemic. 

Registration for this meeting will close 24 hours prior to the start time.

If UK government guidelines and restrictions change, the format of this event will be updated to comply, and all delegates will be notified via email.