Healthscapes: From therapeutic orchards to the garden city

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Dr Clare Hickman, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Chester Clare works on the interconnections between designed landscape and health in the past. Her doctoral research on the history of hospital gardens was published by MUP in 2013 as Therapeutic Landscapes: A History of English Hospital Gardens Since 1800. She has also published on the design and use of botanic gardens in late eighteenth-century Britain and Ireland, the role of gardens as part of the therapeutic regime of the nineteenth-century British asylum, cold bathing as a healthy activity in the eighteenth-century landscape garden and the role of medical practitioners in the Victorian parks movement. Her next monograph on late Georgian British medical practitioners and their gardens is under contract with Yale University Press and is based on research conducted as a Wellcome Trust Medical History & Humanities Fellow. She is also developing new avenues of research exploring the sensory nature of landscapes and the history of rural walking for health and wellbeing, and is interested in collaboratively working with others, particularly those based outside of academic institutions. Blog: Project: Sense of Place