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Kew's Heritage Trees

Visit the new exhibition Kew's Heritage Trees at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, with paintings by Kew artist Masumi Yamanaka, who has spent five years painting Kew’s heritage and champion trees.

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Celebrating the tree

Artist Masumi Yamanaka is exhibiting her illustrations of Kew’s Heritage Trees at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. This stunning exhibition is a great introduction to the many beautiful illustrations of trees to be found within Library, Art and Archives.

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Extreme plant hunting in the Archive

Archives Graduate Trainee, Alice Evans, gives a glimpse into some of the fascinating letters from Victorian plant collectors and female travellers she has discovered in the Archives.

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The story of penicillin

Penicillin gave the allies a secret weapon during the Second World War and was soon being mass produced. Here we look at the history of this 'miracle drug' along with early photos of its manufacture by Jean Straker.

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Cinnamon - a festive favourite

A new display in Kew's Reading Room celebrates popular seasonal ingredients. Cinnamon is featured and here we explore its fascinating history.

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A Royal Flower – Bauer’s Strelitzias

Franz Bauer's works are being exhibited as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art. Julia explores Bauer's striking collection and history as one of Kew's most illustrious alumni.

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Caring for Kew’s indigo collection

Textile Conservation student Cecilia Voss, describes her work on the Jenny Balfour-Paul indigo collection at Kew, and reveals some highlights of the collection.

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Victoria amazonica - inspiring a nation

The history of the Victoria amazonica - water lily has captured the imagination of Victorian botanists, plant hunters and even Queen Victoria herself. The incredible drawings of the plant by Walter Hood Fitch are currently on display as part of the Inspiring Kew exhibition.

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