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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week internship with the Archives department here at Kew, and what she has learned from her first hand encounter with historical documents.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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Conserving Darwin's Letters

Discover more about the conservation work carried out on one of the most important, popular and fascinating collection in the Archives.

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Old photographs, new knowledge

Caroline Cornish, who has recently finished her PhD thesis on the history of Kew's Museum of Economic Botany, describes an exciting discovery of old photographs in the Netherlands.

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