Nathan Bossoh is currently a history Research Fellow at Southampton University. There he is undertaking a project examining the colonial and postcolonial history of plant medical research in West Africa with a focus on the circulation of medicinal plants in botanical museum collections between Britain, Ghana and Nigeria from the 1880s until the 1980s. Previous to this Nathan was the African Collections Research Curator at the London Science Museum between September 2022 and September 2023. In this role he conducted a major collections-based investigation into the Museum’s almost 5000 historic African material samples, leading to a report in which he appraised the collection and recommended steps for its future development. Nathan completed his PhD in History and Philosophy of Science at UCL in 2022. He has written on various history of science topics for both academic and public audiences and is currently in the process of working on a new small-scale exhibition with the London-based Wellcome Collection which will centre around the global history of the West African kola nut.

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