A museum in paper: fungi illustrations

With Kew’s State of the World’s Fungi Symposium taking place this week, it seems the perfect time to take a look at some of the fungi illustrations held in our collections.

A Walking Tour of the Library Collections

Kew has many collections of materials that comprise the Library facet of the Library, Art and Archives. Heading rapidly towards the end of his year-long tenure, our library graduate trainee has gone for a tour of these collections and taken a camera to record the trip for posterity.

Celebrating the reopening of the Great Pagoda at Kew

In celebration of the reopening of the Great Pagoda after its extensive restoration, our new Reading Room display features materials relating to pagodas, and illustrations of the types of plants that you might expect to find in a traditional Chinese garden.

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.