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Cinnamon - a festive favourite

A new display in Kew's Reading Room celebrates popular seasonal ingredients. Cinnamon is featured and here we explore its fascinating history.

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A Royal Flower – Bauer’s Strelitzias

Franz Bauer's works are being exhibited as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Julia explores Bauer's striking collection and history as one of Kew's most illustrious alumni.

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Caring for Kew’s indigo collection

Textile Conservation student Cecilia Voss, describes her work on the Jenny Balfour-Paul indigo collection at Kew, and reveals some highlights of the collection.

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Victoria amazonica - inspiring a nation

The history of the Victoria amazonica - water lily has captured the imagination of Victorian botanists, plant hunters and even Queen Victoria herself. The incredible drawings of the plant by Walter Hood Fitch are currently on display as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition.

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The rediscovery of the HMS 'Erebus' and the Joseph Hooker connection

The wreck of HMS 'Erebus', one of Franklin's Arctic expedition ships has recently been rediscovered. Virginia, from Kew's Archive, blogs about an earlier successful expedition by the 'Erebus' - to Antarctica. Find out about the connection with Kew and Joseph Hooker's historic Antarctica archive.

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The art of royal life at Kew

Joanne Yeomans explores how Kew has inspired people including royalty throughout its history and introduces a new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art which celebrates this.

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Father of Japanese Botany

Graduate trainee Tavian Hunter explores the history of Japanese botany and shows how one scholar played a key role in introducing Western science into Japan.

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Ancient uses of paper

Graduate trainee Tavian Hunter explores the history of paper and its uses from ancient to modern times.

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