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Joseph Hooker Collection

The Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project is conserving, digitising, transcribing and making available online the personal and scientific correspondence of Joseph Hooker (1817-1911), an important - but often overlooked - 19th century naturalist and explorer.

Portrait of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker at work, by Theodore Blake Wirgman

About Joseph Hooker

Find out more about Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker - one of the most respected scientists of his day and one of the most important botanists of the 19th century.

Some highlights from the Joseph Hooker material held in Kews collections

The collection at Kew

Discover Joseph Hooker artefacts - including a lifetime of letters, hand-drawn maps, plant specimens, scientific instruments, battered travel notebooks and lively sketches of plants, people and places.

Sketch map of Sikkim by Joseph Hooker

About the project

The project was conceived by staff of The University of Sussex and Kew's Library, Art and Archives department. Find out more about the scope of the project and the people involved.