First Time Out - January to August 2011
First Time Out was a collaboration between five London museums including Kew, Horniman Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and Wellcome Collection. In First Time Out, you saw treasures from different museum collections that had never been displayed before.
About the exhibition
First Time Out explored the relationship between objects and interpretation. Objects from each museum were on display at participating institutions for six-week periods, and interpreted differently at each one. But which story was told?
Objects tell us about past environments, cultures, innovations and events. But they can also tell different stories depending on your perspective. What happens when you take something from one museum and ask experts from another to write the story? This is something we found out during First Time Out.
Objects and artefacts
Find out more about the objects that were on display as part of the First Time Out exhibition between January and August 2011.
Japanese wood panels - on display at Kew Gardens between 20 January - 6 March 2011
Lemur skulls from Madagascar - on display at Kew Gardens between 7 March - 17 April 2011
Dance paddle from Easter Island (Rapa Nui) - on display at Kew Gardens between 18 April - 30 May 2011
Medicines in the Amazon - on display at Kew Gardens between 31 May - 10 July 2011
Exploring a child’s inner world through toys - on display at Kew Gardens between 11 July - 21 August 2011
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07 Oct 2010
The South American country of Guyana (formerly British Guiana) has a rich biological and cultural heritage, well-represented in Kew's Economic Botany Collection. A research project seeks to view the historic collections in the context of today's people and environment.
30 Sep 2010
A visitor to Kew sheds light on tapa cloth made 170 years ago by her Polynesian forebears.
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