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Kew Gardens at War

Explore a long-forgotten and influential part of Kew’s rich history through our commemoration programme to coincide with the Centenary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War. ‘Kew Gardens at War’ is uncovering for the first time many fascinating and surprising ways in which Kew’s men and women – from gardeners to scientists (and even the horses) – were thrust into a new and turbulent world.

The two World Wars helped shape Kew’s science and horticulture, and have left a unique legacy which spans the different parts of our Gardens today – from the flower beds to the Economic Botany Collection, and from the Library, Art & Archives to the Herbarium and Jodrell Laboratory.

This is a time of discovery as well as of remembrance. Join us for a series of tours, exhibitions, talks, blogs and more, as we reveal previously untold stories to answer the question ‘How could a botanic garden possibly be involved in a World War?’

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