“Research on the career of one wisewoman working in Lancashire in the early twentieth century has revealed new and unexpected information about the history of alternative healing practices. Nell Racker (1846-1933) was a community midwife, herbalist, and spiritual healer. Nell’s career reveals that despite the challenge from the increasing importance of hospital-based medicine, remarkably, alternative healing networks and practices found ways to survive well into the twentieth century." 

Francesca Moore on Wild-haired and witch-like’: the wisewoman in industrial society on the OUPblog. 

Image credit: Nell Racker c.1930. Reproduced with permission from Touchstones Rochdale Arts and Heritage Resource Centre.