Cross-Cultural Histories of Tropical Botany in Latin America
The project Cross-Cultural Histories of Tropical Botany in Latin America aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the history of tropical botany through a critical engagement with the herbarium, economic botany and archive collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and related collections in other institutions.
The project seeks to illuminate the multiple histories entangled within the development of tropical botany, with particular reference to the Latin American collections, providing insights into the cultural history of the transatlantic exchanges between Britain and Latin America. During the project, since the subject and the study area is so wide, particular attention has being paid to the collections from British Guiana (now Guyana) with special interest to the collector Sir Everard Im Thurn (1852-1932).
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