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Photo of Joseph Hooker's Indian Artefacts from Kew's collection.

Joseph Hooker’s Indian Artefacts at Kew

06 Dec 2013

Diverse artefacts relating to Hooker’s Indian and Himalayan travels. From dried specimens to sumptuously illustrated publications, from poison arrows to stunning mountain vistas. Items from Kew’s library, art, archive, herbarium and economic botany collections feature.


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Picos de Europa: seed collecting field trip 2012

05 Dec 2013

Browse photographs from 2012 when members of “Sociedad de Ciencias Aranzadi” and Millennium Seed Bank joined the “Jardín Botánico Atlántico” for a collecting trip in “Picos de Europa” mountains.


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Conserving Bawden's Pagoda print

by: Eleanor Hasler, Library, Art and Archives blog
05 Dec 2013

Kew's paper conservators Emma Le Cornu and Eleanor Hasler had to think big when treating a linocut of the Pagoda by Edward Bawden. Here they explain how this damaged artwork was returned to its former glory in the conservation studio.


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Easter 2014 at Kew Gardens

04 Dec 2013

Roald Dahl’s much-loved tale Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes to life at Kew Gardens for Easter 2014.


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Collecting for the National Tree Seed Project

by: Simon Kallow, Millennium Seed Bank blog
04 Dec 2013

As autumn turns to winter, Project Officer Simon Kallow looks back on the first season of seed collecting for the UK National Tree Seed Project.

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Book of the month - Overleaf

02 Dec 2013

Overleaf is a delightful and beautiful book dedicated to foliage with stunning botanical paintings and thought-provoking text.


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A snapshot of extinction in action

by: Dion Devey & Sven Buerki, Kew Science blog
02 Dec 2013

Dion Devey and Sven Buerki, from Kew’s Jodrell Laboratory, discuss their research into the critically endangered Madagascan plant, Eligmocarpus cynometroides.

Seed conservation in the Caribbean UK Overseas Territories

by: Tom Heller, UK Overseas Territories team blog
29 Nov 2013

Tom Heller from Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank brings partners from across the Caribbean together to learn about banking seeds of their native plants.

Joseph Hooker material held at Kew

 Kew's Joseph Hooker Collections

28 Nov 2013

Some highlights from the Joseph Hooker material held in Kew's vast vaults of botanical history. Go behind the scenes and view items from the Archive, Herbarium, Library, Art and Economic Botany Collections.


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Magical Christmas trail

28 Nov 2013

Take a look at the Kew's Christmas illuminated trail - a magical trip round the gardens, with surprises on the way! Finish the evening with a visit to the Christmas Bazaar then a ride on the carousel.


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