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

by: Fiona Ainsworth, Library, Art and Archives blog
15 Sep 2010

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

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We know that the public are worried about species disappearing, but who’s heard of Nagoya?

13 Sep 2010

Working in partnership with Kew and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), the Natural History Museum launches The Big Nature Debate to explore public concerns about biodiversity loss ahead of the Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan.


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Strange articles of trade

by: Virginia Mills, Library, Art and Archives blog
03 Sep 2010

The letters of 19th century naturalist and botanist, James Motley, in Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive tell the story of his journey through the Singapore Straits to reach Sumatra. Read about his fascinating encounters and observations of island culture.

Take a look inside the autumn issue

by: c.harrison, Kew magazine blog
31 Aug 2010

The autumn issue of Kew magazine is out soon, so I thought I'd give you a quick taster of the highlights.

CNN panelists: Paul Smith, Ahmed Djoghlaf and James Rogers

CNN International's Earth's Frontiers Debate

24 Aug 2010

Is the loss of the planet’s biodiversity a greater threat than climate change? Join in the debate, hosted at Kew, on 25 August 2010.


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Conserving botanical paintings - upcoming demonstrations in the Marianne North Gallery

by: Rebecca Chisholm, Library, Art and Archives blog
23 Aug 2010

Read about the work of the Marianne North conservators and how you can come and see a demonstration by the team.

Meet Kew's Tropical Nursery horticulturists

by: Nick Johnson & Sam Crosfield, Tropical Nursery blog
19 Aug 2010

Find out more about what goes on behind the scenes in the Tropical Nursery at Kew.

Kew helps celebrate the 350th birthday of Sir Hans Sloane

by: Mark Nesbitt, Economic Botany blog
18 Aug 2010

Jamaican artefacts from Kew go on display at the Royal College of Physicians - marking the 350th anniversary of the birth of Sir Hans Sloane, botanist, physician and collector.

Discover the new Library, Art & Archives Reading Room

by: David Iggulden, Library, Art and Archives blog
17 Aug 2010

Read about the new Library, Art & Archives Reading Room and how it has transformed services for staff and visitors.

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Environment Secretary signals new approach to environment policy from Kew Gardens

26 Jul 2010

At Kew Gardens today, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman signalled a new approach to environment policy, calling for everyone, from birdwatchers to big business, to shape the government’s Natural Environment White Paper.


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The Nagoya Protocol comes a step closer to fruition

by: China Williams, Kew Science blog
14 Mar 2014

China Williams, from Kew’s Conventions and Policy Section, reports on the latest international meeting to discuss a new legally binding regime governing access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits – the Nagoya Protocol.

What's in a collection? The Herbarium at Kew

by: William Milliken, Kew Science blog
07 Mar 2014

William Milliken, Head of Kew's Tropical America team, examines the importance of Kew's collection of over seven million herbarium specimens, and how this resource is being used to tackle the global challenges of our time.

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