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Christopher Booth

Archaeology, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Distilling the Apothecary: the archaeology of early modern medical practitioners in Britain and the Atlantic world

Research Area

  • Archaeology

Publications

Conferences

  • Booth, C. (2020) 'Building Trust, Establishing Authority, and Communicating Efficacy: The visual and material experience of apothecary shops in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British Atlantic'. Presented at Revolution, The Society for Historical Archaeology 2020 Conference on Historical and Underwater Archaeology, Boston MA, USA, 8-11 January.
  • Booth, C. (2019) 'A visual and material assessment of seventeenth- and eighteenth- century apothecaries' shops in the British North Atlantic'. Presented at Oistroi, the University of Nottingham Department of Classics and Archaeology Post-graduate Student Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, UK, 27 November.
  • Booth, C. (2019) 'The Material World of the Early Modern Apothecary'. Presented at the University of Nottingham Department of Classics and Archaeology Festival of Research 2019, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, 30 May.
  • Booth, C. (2019) 'An Archaeological Assessment of the Post-medieval Apothecary'. Presented at the Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress 2019, University of Glasgow, UK, 22-24 March.
  • Booth, C. (2019) 'The beginnings of an archaeological assessment of the post-medieval apothecary'. Presented at Oistroi, the University of Nottingham Department of Classics and Archaeology Post-graduate Student Seminar Series, University of Nottingham, UK, 14 March.
  • Booth, C. (2018) ‘Distilling the Apothecary: The Archaeology of Early Modern Medical Practitioners in Britain and the Atlantic World.’ Poster, presented at Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership Research Festival 2018, Birmingham, UK, 24 May.
  • Booth, C. (2018) 'Establishing Trust and Efficacy: The materiality of early modern pharmacy'. Presented at the University of Nottingham Department of Classics and Archaeology Postgraduate Student Conference 2018, University of Nottingham, UK, 22 May.
  • Booth, C. (2018) 'Establishing Trust, Authenticity, and Effectiveness in Early Modern Pharmacy'. Presented at the EMREM Annual Symposium 2018, University of Birmingham, UK 17-18 May.
  • Booth, C. (2018) 'Physician, Apothecary, or Surgeon? The medieval roots of professional boundaries in later medical practice'. Presented at the Medieval Midlands Postgraduate Conference 2018: Boundaries and Frontiers in the Middle Ages, University of Nottingham, UK, 4-5 May.
  • Booth, C.M. (2016) 'The stalled development of the still: material evidence for changes in distilling practice in Britain'. Presented at the Post-Medieval Archaeology Congress, Sheffield, UK, 1-3 April.
  • Booth, C.M. (2015) 'Holy alchemists, metallurgists and pharmacists: The material evidence for British monastic alchemy and chemistry'. Presented at the Fourth Annual Leeds Postgraduate Monasticism Conference, Leeds, UK, 8-9 May.

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Booth, C. (2019) 'Examining the Archaeology of the Early Modern Apothecary'. Lunch and Learn Talk, presented at the Alexandria History Museum, The Lyceum, The Office of Historic Alexandria, Alexandria, Virginia, USA, 22 May.
  • Booth, C. (2018)'Garbage Archaeology: Reconstructing the Early Modern Apothecary from their Waste'. Brown Bag Talk, presented at The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, USA, 29 October.

Other Research Interests

  • Archaeology and Art History relating to the History of Medicine, Science and Technology
    • Apothecaries, Chemists, & Druggists
    • Alchemy
    • Chemistry
  • Medieval and Post-Medieval Archaeology
  • Archaeology of Colonialism and Colonial Contact
  • Monastic (Especially Dissolution) Archaeology
  • Public Engagement with, and Presentation of, Heritage and Archaeology
  • Art and Antiquities Crime
  • Museum Archaeology
  • Changing Models of Scholarship in the Digital Age
  • Digital Humanities

Memberships

  • Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists (www.archaeologists.net) at Practitioner level (PCIfA) since 2017
  • Member of Society for Historical Archaeology (www.sha.org) since 2017
  • Member of Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology (www.spma.org.uk) since 2015, currently Ordinary Member of Council (Student Rep) for a three-year term (2019-2021)

Fellowships

08/2018 – 11/2018 // AHRC-Huntington Fellow // The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA
Research Fellowship funded by the AHRC International Placement Scheme
Work relating to Distilling the Apothecary: The Archaeology of Early Modern Medical Practitioners in Britain and the Atlantic World

Placements and Voluntary Positions

09/2019 – 03/2020 // Research Advocate // Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT)
I am developing a program of research to link the new publication Master John Hall Physician: a casebook from Shakespeare's Stratford by Greg Wells (to be published by Manchester University Press, in association with SBT) with the material collections, library, and archive, of the SBT. Anticipated outputs include an online exhibition and one or more blogposts on the SBT website, and a public talk presented at the SBT.

12/2017 – 02/2018 // Writer for Arch365 // Archaeology Podcast Network 
Researcher and writer for Arch365, a daily five- to ten-minute podcast produced by The Archaeology Podcast Network. For a general audience with the aim to make archaeological sites, concepts, and artefacts accessible and interesting for heritage professional and interested amateur alike. As of December 2017, the show had almost 4,500 subscribers on its dedicated feed.

08/2014 // Research Placement Student // St Albans Museums
Focused on issues of collections management and the competing pressures of public access, storage space, acquisitions and disposal resulting in an essay: The competing pressures of collections management and access to collections in British Local Authority museums, with evidence from St Albans Museums, Hertfordshire: Is disposal an acceptable solution?
  • Helped to install a 'pop-up' exhibition for the Heritage Lottery Fund, Saving the Seventies project
  • Completed the re-display of glazed floor tiles in the permanent medieval galleries
  • Curated a temporary display case on Roman Medicine

Teaching

02/2019 – 07/2019 // Teaching Affiliate // The University of Nottingham
Lecturing on first year undergraduate module The Archaeology of Britain. I gave seven 1hr lectures, plus one 1hr essay preparation seminar, which covered the high medieval to industrial periods (c. 1100-1900). I was also responsible for marking essays on those time periods.