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Sheila Mannes-Abbott - a botanical life

The Illustrations Team invites you to visit the Library, Art and Archives at Kew to view a small retrospective display of the work of the botanical artist Sheila Mannes-Abbott, FLS FSBA (1939-2014).

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Cataloguing the papers of T.A. Sprague

Archives trainee Miriam Hopkinson talks about cataloguing T. A. Sprague’s papers and the insights they provide into colonial attitudes at the turn of the twentieth century.

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The forgotten garden

Directors' Correspondence digitiser, Jon Nicholls, uncovers the story behind the forgotten California Botanic Garden.

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Splitters and Lumpers

In a guest post, photographer Liz Orton discusses how her photo series Splitters and Lumpers was inspired by Kew's Herbarium. Her images are on permanent display in the Herbarium, as well as being available to view online.

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The love potion

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, examines the mythological connections that have been made between plants and love.    

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The living fossil

Library Graduate Trainee, Tavian Hunter, describes books, letters and paintings in the Kew collections about the remarkable species Welwitschia mirabilis, the 'living fossil'.

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The letters of botanist Joseph Hooker are now online

Virginia Mills describes our new online collection of Joseph Hooker's Correspondence in which you can explore Hooker's letters from India and the high Himalayas, and look at some of his expedition collections and the plant-hunting paraphernalia held here at Kew.

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