Meet the author: Palace of Palms

Exclusively for Kew members: Discover the extraordinary story behind one of the world’s most beautiful glass buildings.

External view of the Palm House

Date and time

Thursday 28 January 2021

6pm to 7pm


Virtual online event



Exclusively for Kew members

Join our exclusive member talk with historian and author Kate Teltscher to discover the story behind a true Kew icon and one of the world’s most beautiful glass buildings, the Palm House.

Daringly innovative when it opened in 1848, millions of visitors worldwide have enjoyed its magical architecture and the tropical fantasy that awaits inside.

Kate will discuss the story of how the Palm House was created and the Victorians’ obsession with the palms that filled it, a tale of breathtaking ambition and scientific discovery.

After the talk, there’ll be a chance to ask Kate your questions with a live Q&A.

About the author

Kate Teltscher is a Reader in English Literature at the University of Roehampton and Visiting Researcher at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

As well as Palace of Palms, she is the author of the two acclaimed books, India Inscribed: European and British Writing on India, 1600-1800 and The High Road to China: George Bogle, the Panchen Lama and the First British Expedition to Tibet, which was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Biography.

Essential information

  • You will need to book a ticket to this virtual event in advance. We’ll email all ticket holders joining instructions, a link, and a prompt to ask a question for the Q&A if you’d like
  • You will need your membership number when you book your place, which you can find on your membership card or on your joining letter or email
  • This event is exclusively for Kew members, though members are welcome to buy tickets for their allocated guests

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