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Library, Art & Archives blog

Browse our blogs to find information about Kew's collections, services and fascinating work that is taking place. You will also meet the Library, Art and Archive staff who will provide regular updates with news from projects they are involved in, treasures they have discovered and exciting new developments planned for the future.

Displaying the letters of Augustine Henry

The Directors' Correspondence team has just put some of the letters of botanist Augustine Henry on display in Kew's Library Reading Room. Find out why we chose him as our subject and how the display brings together material from many of Kew's behind-the-scenes collections.

Growing our Collections - Archive accessions at Kew

Find out how Kew's archival collections are growing, what we do with the documents we receive each year and how you can get involved.

Driving home for Christmas?

Discover Marianne North's travels over Christmases long, long ago

The influence of a German botanist on studies at Kew

Graduate trainee Tavian Hunter sheds light on Kew's links with German botany before the Great War.
Photo of a page from Hooke's 'Micrographia' showing a nettle

Robert Hooke's Micrographia

350 years old, Robert Hooke's Micrographia is a hidden treasure in Kew's library — one you may not expect to find there.

John Ray: in a class[ification] of his own

Library Graduate Trainee Jessica Hudson explores the significance of John Ray's work in sowing the seeds of modern taxonomy.
William Hooker and a case of mistaken identity

William Hooker and a case of mistaken identity

Julia Buckley looks at the story of William Hooker, Kew's first official Director, and also William Hooker the illustrator and tries to separate the two.

Christmas illustrations in the Library Reading Room

The Library and Archives Reading Room is hosting a small but beautifully formed display of illustrations of festive plants. Assistant Art & Illustrations Curator, Lynn Parker, explains more.

The beginnings of Missouri Botanical Garden

Letter and plans from Kew's Directors' Correspondence archive give a glimpse into the humble beginnings of one of botany's most revered institutions - Missouri Botanical Garden - and its founder Henry Shaw.

Archives 'Take Flight'

Read about archives that might take off! Find out more about some of the fantastic documents and illustrations we have in the collection at Kew.

Take a walk on the wild side in the Archives

Take a walk on the wild side with botanist and plant hunter Henry Ridley, as Sarah discovers his animal encounters!

Promoting Voices of Oral History in the USA

Michele, Assistant Archivist at Kew, blogs about her experiences at the American Oral History Society's annual conference held in Denver, Colorado, last October.

Marianne North's painting methods revealed

The Marianne North Gallery was officially re-opened earlier this year after conservation of the gallery and the paintings. Research and analysis into Marianne North’s painting materials and techniques has now also been completed, revealing the secrets behind her paintings and providing a fascinating  insight into her methods.

Reminiscences from a year at Kew

Read Debora's final blog post as she leaves Kew to begin a Masters course in Library Science.

Digitisation of the North American Directors' Correspondence collection reaches completion

A team in Kew's archive has completed the digitisation of a large set of historical letters from the Directors' Correspondence, including a selection of materials which shed light on the early exploration of North America - as digitisation officer Katherine Harrington explains.
Photograph of the Archives store

International Archives Day 2015

9 June 2015 is International Archives Day — celebrate by reading about Kew’s very own Archives

Joseph Hooker's Indian Christmas

To celebrate Christmas, the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project Officer describes Hooker's experiences of Christmas during his Indian expedition.

Celebrating the launch of JSTOR Global Plants

Kew's unique Directors' Correspondence collection is being made available digitally through a new collaborative website, JSTOR Global Plants.

The 'tanghin ordeal'

Read about the toxic plant used in poison ordeals in Madagascar as described by the botanist Charles Telfair in 1829.

Marianne North: A different view

Come into Kew's Library, Art & Archives Reading Room to see our latest display in the Wolfson Rare Books Room.