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Old letters meet new faces

Digitisation Officers Jon and Jess write about their experience as new starters on the Directors Correspondence project – find out what they have discovered in Kew's archives.

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Reflections on a year at Kew

Read Library Graduate Trainee Marc Muller's final blog post as he leaves Kew to begin a Masters course in Librarianship

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An unexpected visitor

In her last blog post, Elisabeth writes about her experiences as the Archives Graduate Trainee and reveals more about an unexpected Victorian visitor to the Gardens.

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The Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence project - a preview

Introducing the Joseph Dalton Hooker Correspondence Project, a new initiative by Kew to digitise and transcribe the letters of Joseph Hooker, great Victorian explorer-botanist and renowned director of Kew Gardens. Find out more about the man and the project.

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Behind the scenes at Kew's Archives

History student Betty Atkins writes about her experiences during a two week internship with the Archives department here at Kew, and what she has learned from her first hand encounter with historical documents.

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William Robinson at Kew's Library

Kew Librarian Craig Brough writes about the influential 19th century gardening author William Robinson, his garden at Gravetye Manor, and their connection to Kew.

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Reaping History

As part of my internship at Kew, I have been repacking some models of farming tools from Japan. As so often in Kew's Economic Botany Collection, research on the items has revealed an interesting story, in this case of Japanese relations with Korea and Britain.

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The beginnings of Missouri Botanical Garden

Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.

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