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Team member holds a specimen from the economic botany collection

Follow the Economic Botany team's blog to learn more about Kew's historic plant artefact collection.

This fascinating global collection includes around 85,000 artefacts including herbal medicines, food and fibres. The collection illustrates the extent of human use of plants around the world with a huge variety of objects ranging from paper to weapons and clothing to medicines.

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    Apples and pears at the...

    Fri, 1 Nov 2013

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    The new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - 'Botanicals,...

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    Reaping History

    Thu, 1 Aug 2013

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    As part of my internship at Kew, I have been repacking some models of farming tools from...

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    Summer cereals at Kew

    Mon, 15 Jul 2013

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    Kew's Grass Garden has a comprehensive display of cereals from around the world - grains...

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    Old photographs, new...

    Thu, 25 Apr 2013

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    Caroline Cornish, who has recently finished her PhD thesis on the history of Kew's Museum of...

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    Washi: the Art of Japanese...

    Fri, 1 Mar 2013

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    Kew's world-class collection of Japanese art papers goes on display for the first time in...

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    Wax wonders

    Mon, 5 Nov 2012

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    In the Victorian period, creating wax models of flowers was both a ladylike craft, and an...

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    Woods of the World

    Tue, 30 Oct 2012

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    Each year we host over 200 researchers in the Economic Botany Collection. It's always a...

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    Indigo blues

    Tue, 28 Aug 2012

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    Jennifer Beasley and Stella Gardner, two textile conservation students at Glasgow University...

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    Conservation at Camberwell

    Tue, 24 Jul 2012

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    Once again, students at Camberwell College of Arts have breathed life into historical...

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    Putting the Economic...

    Wed, 16 May 2012

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    Regular readers will have noticed a long pause since my last blog post. That's because we've...

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    A Journey to the '...

    Wed, 15 Jun 2011

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    Sara Albuquerque updates us on her journey to Guyana, in the footsteps of Sir Everard im Thurm.

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    Collecting curators

    Fri, 25 Mar 2011

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    Find out what happened when the curators of four major collections of useful plants recently...

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