Everard Im Thurn and the ‘lost world’

We take a look at the varied career of Everard Im Thurn through his correspondence with the Directors of Kew, and find out about his exploration of the ‘lost world’ of Mount Roraima in British Guiana.

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Everard Im Thurn and the ‘lost world’

Awards Success!

It was a cold day on Thursday but well worth the trip into central London to attend the annual Garden Media Guild Awards at a plush hotel near Grosvenor Square. All fingers and toes were crossed…

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Awards Success!

The taste of the Amazon

This month Kew’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, brings us a post about his recent adventures in the Amazon. Now safely back in the Millennium Seed Bank, he can share with us news of Cupua

Library display celebrates digitisation landmark

To mark the completion of the latest phase of the Directors’ Correspondence Digitisation Project, a display has been prepared in Kew’s Library Reading Room to showcase the collection.

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Library display celebrates digitisation landmark

Wax wonders

In the Victorian period, creating wax models of flowers was both a ladylike craft, and an important tool for botanical communication.

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Wax wonders

Woods of the World

Each year we host over 200 researchers in the Economic Botany Collection.

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Woods of the World

Reminiscences from a year at Kew

Read Debora’s final blog post as she leaves Kew to begin a Masters course in Library Science.

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Reminiscences from a year at Kew

On the murder of Dr Charles Budd Robinson

Read about the death of enthusiastic plant hunter Dr Charles Budd Robinson in Ambon, as told by the murder report in Kew’s archives, and learn why miscommunication can be deadly.

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On the murder of Dr Charles Budd Robinson

Saving seeds – in four million years we’ll laugh about it!

Here comes a slightly different ‘Seed of the Month’ blog by the Millennium Seed Bank’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, in which he explains why saving seeds is more than just a good idea!

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Saving seeds – in four million years we’ll laugh about it!

‘If you can paint one leaf you can paint the world’

In this latest post from the gallery, Dr Shirley Sherwood shares how she curated her current exhibition: Portraits of Leaves and Fungi, paintings from the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

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‘If you can paint one leaf you can paint the world’

Ever had an ice cream bean for dessert?

This month the Millennium Seed Bank’s Seed Morphologist, Wolfgang Stuppy, has us salivating over the remarkable fruits of the ice cream bean ( Inga edulis ).

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Ever had an ice cream bean for dessert?

Kew’s Library celebrates the Olympics

A special Olympic-themed display has just been completed in the Library Reading Room.

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Kew’s Library celebrates the Olympics

Indigo blues

Jennifer Beasley and Stella Gardner, two textile conservation students at Glasgow University, report on a week’s placement at Kew.

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Indigo blues

Pretty in pink

There are some fabulous flowering trees putting on a great show right now at Kew, including one mysterious bright pink head turner…

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Pretty in pink

Harapan memories and take-away thoughts

Kew staff reminisce on time well spent in the Harapan Rainforest, Sumatra, with a summary of their GIS field mapping, personal accounts and photographs.

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Harapan memories and take-away thoughts

Reflections on a year at Kew

Archives Graduate Trainee Stephanie Rolt reflects on some of the highlights of her year at Kew in her final blog post

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Reflections on a year at Kew

Have you caught Olympic Fever?

If you’ve got a bad case of Olympic Fever why not head to Kew to continue to enjoy the spirit of the Games with the wonderful representations of the Olympic Rings and Paralympic logo in flower form? You can also see some of the tallest, oldest, fastest, weirdest and most beautiful plants on the planet right here.

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Have you caught Olympic Fever?

UK Virtual Herbarium – a pilot project

Will you join Kew’s quest to unlock the information hidden behind the closed doors of our herbarium cupboards?

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UK Virtual Herbarium – a pilot project

Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows

Many weird and wonderful subjects have been uncovered while digitising Kew’s Directors’ Correspondence collection. Read about a 19th century botanist’s awe-inspiring encounter with a ‘Spectre’ in Jamaica’s Blue mountains.

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Brocken Spectres and Circular Rainbows

Conservation at Camberwell

Once again, students at Camberwell College of Arts have breathed life into historical objects – this year, rice paper drawings, an Amazonian shield and a Canadian cradle.

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Conservation at Camberwell