Celebrating Ellen Hutchins

Learn about the story of Ireland’s first female botanist, told through her drawings, letters and botanical publications of the period.

Botanical drawing by Ellen Hutchins

Date and time

11 September – 22 November 2019, 10am – 4pm (weekdays only)


Library, Art & Archives Reading Room, enter via Herbarium Main Reception on Kew Green



Discover the hidden story of a remarkable young woman botanising in a remote corner of Ireland - Bantry Bay, West Cork - in the early 1800s.

Curated by the Ellen Hutchins Festival, Ellen’s story is told through her beautiful drawings of seaweeds, her letters, and coverage of her plant finds in botanical books of the early 1800s.

This exhibition explores the importance of botanical illustration at the time, and the significant part that correspondence played in botany in the nineteenth century. Discover how important botanising was to Ellen, and the legacy that she left from her short life.