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’

Your Gate to the Gardens

The recent renaming of the Main Gate has had the Archives team thinking about the importance of the Kew gates in the Gardens’ history.

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Your Gate to the Gardens

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

Slow Motion Video of Fireworks Exploding from an Aerial View

Dallas, Texas creative Jeremiah Warren took three 3′ balloons, a GoPro camera, and Wi-Fi BacPac to produce a slow motion capture of his fireworks going off from the sky above. Just in time for July 4th! See it on Scoop.it , via Children Activities

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Slow Motion Video of Fireworks Exploding from an Aerial View

Woods of the World

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

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Woods of the World

Introducing the new Archives Graduate Trainee

Read about the first few weeks of our new trainee and the story behind the travels of Kew’s Japanese Gateway

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Introducing the new Archives Graduate Trainee

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

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

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

Mary’s Book Club for Kids – The Karate Princess by Jeremy Strong

http://www.youtube.com/v/X9pioSGuen8?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata In her book club for kids, Mary shares The Karate Princess by Jeremy Strong.

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Mary’s Book Club for Kids – The Karate Princess by Jeremy Strong

Frugal Kid Crafts: Fun Olympic Ring Toss | The Centsible Family

Tweet Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. The Summer Olympics began last week so here is a fun craft to introduce your kids to this special event! See it on Scoop.it , via Children Activities

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

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