Kew's paper conservators Emma Le Cornu and Eleanor Hasler had to think big when treating a linocut of the Great Pagoda by Edward Bawden. Here they explain how this damaged artwork was returned to its former glory in the conservation studio.
The previous exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art - 'Botanicals, Environmental Expressions in Art from the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection' - included some intriguing models of apples and pears sent to Victorian England from Australia.
Spiridione Gambardella's portrait of Sir William Jackson Hooker is an iconic image of the great man - but how did this painting come about? Letters in the Kew's Directors' Correspondence collection shed some light on the process.
As we prepare to launch the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project online, Virginia Mills selects extracts from the letters of this renowned 19th century botanist and one-time Director of Kew Gardens describing his pioneering exploration of India and the Himalayas.