Kew Guild

Astrid Purton explores the archives of Kew Guild, an association for current and former Kew staff, held in the Archives of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


A library blog on books about paper might sound like the setup to a cringeworthy librarian joke, but it turns out that paper is a rather important commodity at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Inspired by some recent library acquisitions, Library Graduate Trainee Andy Farquhar goes hunting for paper in the catalogue and stacks.

The Botanical Eye

On World Botanical Art Day (18 May 2018) we would like to celebrate the achievements of all botanical illustrators, and commend those freelance artists who work at Kew and contribute to its associated scientific publications and monographs.

Beatrix Potter: Tales from the Archives

With Peter Rabbit coming to Kew and Wakehurst this Easter, Archivist Kiri Ross-Jones explores items in the Archives collection relating to Peter’s creator - the author, illustrator and mycologist, Beatrix Potter.

Sakura Season in the Gardens

In celebration of one of the most spectacular and welcome events in the garden calendar, Library Graduate Trainee Andy Farquhar goes in search of materials relating to the blossom trees that will shortly be exploding into colour. Winter is behind us, the days are slowly lengthening, and Sakura season is about to begin.

Francis Hall in South America

Recent re-shelving in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Archives has brought to light two volumes of manuscripts and illustrations of a botanical journey of discovery in South America. In this blog Assistant Archivist Kat Harrington explores the life and work of the author of these volumes - Colonel Francis Hall.