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256 shades of grey

Monochrome photography can take your photography to places you have only dreamed of.

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The love potion

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, examines the mythological connections that have been made between plants and love.    

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The living fossil

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, describes books, letters and paintings in the Kew collections about the remarkable species Welwitschia mirabilis, the 'living fossil'.

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The letters of botanist Joseph Hooker are now online

Virginia Mills describes our new online collection of Joseph Hooker's Correspondence in which you can explore Hooker's letters from India and the high Himalayas, and look at some of his expedition collections and the plant-hunting paraphernalia held here at Kew.

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Joseph Hooker's Indian Christmas

To celebrate Christmas, the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project Officer describes Hooker's experiences of Christmas during his Indian expedition.

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Conserving Bawden's Pagoda print

Kew's paper conservators Emma Le Cornu and Eleanor Hasler had to think big when treating a linocut of the Pagoda by Edward Bawden. Here they explain how this damaged artwork was returned to its former glory in the conservation studio.

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The great reindeer move

Jess Smith finds out how Kew's knowledge of mosses and lichens helped to introduce 300 Lapland reindeer into northern Canada, over 100 years ago.

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