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

‘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’

Mary’s Book Club for Kids – Anne Fine

http://www.youtube.com/v/iklR4wdplHo?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Mary talks about the children’s book ‘How to Write Really Badly’ by Anne Fine.

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Mary’s Book Club for Kids – Anne Fine

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

Rolling Down a Hill!

http://www.youtube.com/v/QvS7IsQGKZk?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this episode of The Outdoor Show, Mary rolls down a hill!

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Rolling Down a Hill!

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

Mary’s Book Club – Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo

http://www.youtube.com/v/84Bk4Zov5V4?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In her book club for kids, Mary talks about Toro! Toro! by Michael Morpurgo.

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Corporate Event Ideas Austin | Host Your Business Party At Firepit Ceramics

http://www.youtube.com/v/nTxBZ5gCkUs?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Corporate Event Ideas Austin | Host Your Business Party At Firepit Ceramics http://www.firepitceramics.com/book-your-next-event Are you looking to have a fun, shared experience outside the workplace? Increase productivity while exercising creativity and book your next Corporate Team-Building Event at FirePit Ceramics.

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Birthday Party Austin | Birthday Parties at Firepit Ceramics in Austin, Texas

http://www.youtube.com/v/_2n-9OK9ZJQ?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Birthday Party Austin | Birthday Parties at Firepit Ceramics in Austin, Texas http://www.firepitceramics.com/book-your-next-event At FirePit Ceramics, we like to celebrate! Come celebrate your birthday with us, whether you’re eight or 88. more / less We offer several different party packages depending on what kind of party you want to have. Paint-Your-Own Party All ages $20 per guest 2 hours of party time Choice of bisque piece up to $12 (may be reserved ahead of time) Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Hand-building Honors Ages 4 and up $25 per guest 2 hours of party time Party guests will either pinch, coil, slab build, or sculpt a projects out of clay (dependent on honoree’s choice of projects) Guests will paint their finished pieces Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Birthday Throwing Ages 10 and up $30 per guest 2 hours of party time Party guests will learn the basic techniques of the potter’s wheel and each guest will come away with at least one pieces to paint Commemorative tile with birthday honoree’s name and signed by guests Visit: http://www.firepitceramics.com/book-your-next-event to learn more

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

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

Mary’s Book Club for Kids – Gravenhunger by Harriet Goodwin

http://www.youtube.com/v/hcYH1cpLfy8?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this Summer Series episode of Mary’s Book Club for children, Mary reviews the spooky story of Gravenhunger by Harriet Goodwin.

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Mary’s Book Club for Kids – Gravenhunger by Harriet Goodwin

The Outdoor Show – Treasure Hunt for Kids

http://www.youtube.com/v/moYxZSqtPHA?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this Summer Series episode of The Outdoor Show, Mary teaches kids how to make up their own outdoor treasure hunts. For more treasure hunt ideas visit: www.maryjlockwood.com

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The Outdoor Show – Treasure Hunt for Kids

Mary’s Children’s Book Club – The Magic Slippers by Dick King Smith

http://www.youtube.com/v/sDiNsnZH6E0?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata This week, Mary reviews ‘The Magic Slippers’ by Dick King Smith in her children’s book club. Check out www.maryjlockwood.com for more children’s book recommendations.

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Mary’s Book Club for Kids – The Magic Slippers by Dick King Smith

http://www.youtube.com/v/sDiNsnZH6E0?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata This week, Mary reviews ‘The Magic Slippers’ by Dick King Smith in her children’s book club. Check out www.maryjlockwood.com for more children’s book recommendations.

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The Outdoor Show – How to Hoot Like an Owl and Play a Grass Trumpet

http://www.youtube.com/v/JnVMToadzV0?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In this Summer Series episode of The Outdoor Show, Mary teaches kids how to hoot like an owl and make music by playing grass. For more children’s activity ideas visit: http://maryjlockwood.com

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Gardeners and tigers and scares, oh my!

It’s not just plant talk and garden gossip in the Directors’ Correspondence; there are some letters which recount exciting (and rather scary!) events too, such as the late 19th century tiger attack in the Calcutta Botanic Gardens.

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Gardeners and tigers and scares, oh my!

Taking your time

Philip Smith considers his recent workshops and lectures on the theme of ‘Better Plant and Garden Photography’ and notes that photography, like coffee, is better if it’s not instant.

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Taking your time

David Nash sculptures arrive in the Gallery

Read about the Gallery Team’s exciting preparations for the David Nash exhibition.

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David Nash sculptures arrive in the Gallery