Fiona Ainsworth

Head of Library and Archives


I am responsible for Kew’s Library, Art & Archives collections, comprising 300,000 books and pamphlets, 5,000 periodicals, 200,000 artworks, 7,000,000 archive documents, and a growing body of electronic publications and digitised collections; together these form one of the greatest collections of botanical literature in the world and document 2,000 years of botanical knowledge. I am responsible for managing Kew’s digital collections through Digifolia for images and Centris for records. With my team of 20, we acquire, curate, conserve, digitise and make accessible the collections to all staff at Kew and Wakehurst, as well as UK and international researchers in a wide variety of disciplines.

  • Diploma in Librarianship & Information Science, Univ. College Wales, Aberystwyth, 1992
  • BA (Hons), Univ. Cambridge, 1990

Get in touch