Read Library Graduate Trainee Marc Muller's final blog post as he leaves Kew to begin a Masters course in Librarianship
One short year - that is the time in which I have learned so much about the work done in a library and its essential place in ensuring that information is kept, distributed and displayed to entice the mind of the reader and encourage them to learn.
I will miss everyone who has helped me this year in Library, Art & Archives and will miss the work - from cataloguing interesting new books published across the world and adding them to Kew’s growing library collection, to helping readers locate information and ensuring they have a memorable and positive experience using the Reading Room. I also had fun creating eye catching displays of new books to entice readers.
The Library, Art & Archives Reading Room
Kew provided me with a wonderful range of opportunities and insights which I can put towards a career in libraries. I have had the chance to visit some of the most interesting collections in the UK, including the BFI Southbank Reuben Library , the Natural History Museum Library and the London Library . The work has taught me how important it is to maintain and develop these collections, in both physical and digital forms. Encouraging people to indulge their curiosity - whether it is about old herbals, new botanical developments, or even family history - ensures that the work of a librarian (in training) is never dull.
An especial highlight was working with the Archives Graduate Trainee on a display on the naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace and his contact with Kew .
I’m now headed for a Masters course in Librarianship at the University of Sheffield to build on the invaluable experience I’ve gained at Kew.
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About the Tropical Nursery
The main functions of the Nursery are to:
- Form a back-up collection of tender tropical plants used to support science, display and education within the gardens. We supply plants for use in displays in the Main Kew conservatries, for festivals and events organised by the Foundation and the Directorate.
- Supply plants for education purposes to the Schools & Families department.
- Act as main propagation facility for the Princess of Wales Conservatory, Palm House and Temperate House as well as supporting the exchange of plants between Kew and other institutions and collections.
- Provide direct education in nursery techniques and the cultivation of tropical plants for the Kew Diploma course, Apprentice and Trainee programme, Internship and work experience programmes and visiting staff from other UK and overseas institutions.
- Support conservation by working with the UKOTs team undertaking propagation and cultivation protocols on targeted endangered species.
- around the world
- ground breaking
- the UK
- at risk
- needs help
- english heritage
- Kew overseas
- verge of extinction
- wet tropics
- gifts that help
- of use
- hot spot
- South East Asia
- english garden
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