Grosse Klatschrose, Papaver rhoeas

From poppies to pixels

Digitisation is transforming access to Kew’s unique Library, Art & Archives collections. Metadata & Digitisation Officer Joanna Durant tells us more about the work involved and Kew's contributions towards the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL).

Sylvan Winter oak engraving

Not just for Christmas

With winter now upon us and the leaves long gone, the natural structural beauty of trees is revealed. Library Graduate Trainee Andy Farquhar discovers a hidden gem on trees during the season that is both representative of our collections and yet wonderfully distinctive.

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Explore Your Archive: Explore Botany

This month the Archives team at Kew will be welcoming visitors to special events exploring a variety of plant collectors, and giving visitors a chance to glimpse behind the scenes in the Archives department.

Ask and Archivist 2017

#AskAnArchivist Day 2017

On 4 October, archives around the world are taking part in #AskAnArchivist Day on twitter. Find out how you can ask Kew’s Archive Team a question.

Plants of "red bark" (Cinchona succirubra) collected by Richard Spruce and Robert Cross in Ecuador on arrival at Ootacamund, Nilgiris, 9th April 1861

Richard Spruce: Botany on a global scale

Our new Reading Room exhibition explores the career of one of the most extraordinary and modest of Victorian naturalists, Richard Spruce, as part of celebrations at Kew to mark the bicentenary of his birth. The exhibition brings together Spruce’s diverse collections including his original collecting notebooks, correspondence, illustrations, herbarium specimens and ethnobotanical collections.

Photo of some letters sent from Joseph Hooker to George Bentham

'My dear Bentham' - a Harvard Summer School visit to Kew

On the 26th June 2017, The Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project welcomed a group of undergraduates from Harvard University to Kew as part of their ‘Darwin & Evolutionary Biology Summer School’. Victoria Tong, one of the visiting students here explores some of the activities the group undertook during their two weeks at Kew.