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Visit Kew's Library, Art & Archives this Open House weekend

Fiona Ainsworth
15 September 2010

A chance to see behind the scenes in Kew's Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives.

Together with the Herbarium, Kew’s Library, Art & Archives will be taking part in this year’s London Open House  event this coming weekend (18 and 19 September), as it has done for the past few years. This year is different, however, as visitors will have the chance to see the new Reading Room and some of our new storage facilities, opened earlier this year.

The new Reading Room for staff and visitors

As well as being able to see the new wing, visitors will see displays from all three areas of the collections: we will have archive material from the Livingstone/Kirk Zambesi expedition of 1858-1864 and from Frank Kingdon-Ward’s exploration of the Himalayas in the first half of the 20th century. We will be displaying illustrations of plants connected to these areas, such as Meconopsis (the blue poppy), as well as other examples of illustrations and books from our extensive collections. In the oldest part of the complex, we will have a special display about Joseph Hooker, as 2011 will the 100th anniversary of his death.

The botanical artist Rachel Pedder-Smith will be on hand to display and talk about her work and visitors will also have the opportunity to talk to some of the conservators working on Victorian artist Marianne North’s paintings and see her work up close.

So why not come along for this special opportunity to see behind the scenes at Kew's Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives. The department will be open from 10am - 4pm on both this Saturday & Sunday.

- Fiona -

 

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