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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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The King's avocado

Even in the depths of the Great War, Kew continued to deal with horticultural enquiries from many quarters - even royal ones - as Graduate Library Trainee Jess Hudson discovered.

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Floreat Kew: in remembrance of the fallen

Preparing the Great War commemoration display and event at Kew involved in-depth research into the period and shed light on one of the less well-known buildings in the Gardens, as Library trainee Jessica Hudson explains.

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Joseph Hooker's rhododendrons: from the Himalayas to Kew

The Rhododendron Dell at Kew is in full, glorious bloom! Librarian Virginia Mills explains how plant hunter and Kew director Joseph Hooker first brought rhododendrons from the high Himalayas to Victorian Kew, a tale of adventure brought to life by Kew's new online resource, the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project.

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