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.

Orchids Festival: Learn in our Library

Kew is hosting the 23rd annual Orchids Festival and offering a host of fascinating talks, tours and courses as part of this. To celebrate this our new exhibition also has an orchid theme, and includes original illustrations, archive materials and beautiful hand-crafted 3-dimensional orchids.

Fire and broken petals: How the Suffragettes made their mark on Kew

In this blog, Archives Graduate Trainee Saffron Mackay delves into Kew’s connection with the Suffragettes in the new Wolfson Display found in the Library, Art & Archives Reading Room. The display celebrates 100 years since women have had the right to vote and Kew’s 23rd Annual Orchid Festival.

Exploring 90 years of Registry: from Great Pagoda to Great Storm

Kew’s Registry will have been in existence for 90 years this year. Established in 1928, much has happened at RBG Kew since this time and it has been well recorded thanks to the Registry system. In this blog I will explore some of the interesting registered files which have been transferred to the Archives but first a little about the history of Registry…

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).

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.

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.