Programme

Note: all timings are in UK time (UTC). The exact timings and order may change slightly as details are confirmed. Please visit this page for up-to-date programme information.

Day 1: Tuesday 2 March

14:00 – 14:15 Welcome
Professor Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

14:15 – 15:15 Keynote address: The Kew Gardens Miscellaneous Reports as an Archive of Global History
Professor Richard Drayton, King’s College London

15:20 – 15:45 Introduction to the Miscellaneous Reports Collection
Rachael Gardner, Project Archivist, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

15:50 – 17:05 Session 1: Stories from the archives
Case study papers based on research conducted on the Miscellaneous Reports.

Chair: Dr Caroline Cornish, with:

  • Professor Ian Brown, Staffordshire University: Translating Narratives: The Miscellaneous Reports Collection as an artistic resource
  • Dr Sarah Longair, University of Lincoln: Objects, islands, empire: tracing collecting histories in the Indian Ocean world
  • Dr Marine Bellégo, Centre Alexandre Koyré and Université de Paris: Imperial gardeners between Kew Gardens and Calcutta

Day 2: Wednesday 3 March

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome

14:05 – 15:05 Keynote address: Decolonising the natural history collections of empire
Professor Vinita Damodaran, University of Sussex

15:15 – 16:00 Session 2: Collection Encounters
Kew researchers discuss their material and intellectual engagements with collections at Kew, with:

•    Kim Walker, PhD researcher, Royal Holloway and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
•    Frankie Kubicki, PhD researcher, Royal Holloway and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
•    Aimée Crickmore, Project Conservator, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

16:15 – 17:15 Session 3: Botany, Trade and Empire: archival affordances 
Panel discussion exploring the central themes of the collection, and asking what do archives (such as the Miscellaneous Reports) enable us to know about histories of empire and science? And what do they not? 

Chair: Professor Jim Endersby, University of Sussex, with:

•    Miranda Lowe, Natural History Museum
•    Professor Felix Driver, Royal Holloway
•    Dr Rohan Deb Roy, University of Reading
•    Dr Johanna Zetterstrom-Sharp, Horniman Museum
 

Day 3: Thursday 4 March

14:00 – 14:05 Welcome

14:05 – 15:20 Session 4: Decolonising Archives
Lightning talks, hosted by Black Cultural Archives in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

Chair: Arike Oke, Black Cultural Archives, with: 

  • Rebecca Adams, London Metropolitan Archives 
  • Dr James Lowry, City University of New York 
  • Dr Yewande Okuleye, University of Leicester 
  • Mel Grant, Wellcome Collection 

15:30 – 16:15 Session 5: Back to the Future
What are the implications of the conference discussions for Kew and other natural history collections? In this panel some of the conference team respond to the talks and discussions of the preceding days, drawing out the implications for how we acknowledge and share institutional histories, and their implications for science today.