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Talk: Plants, empire and exploration

Historic art and artefacts in the Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

In Victorian times Kew Gardens was the hub of a worldwide network exchanging plant products, knowledge about plants and, of course, actual living plants. The 90,000 specimens in Kew's Economic Botany Collection capture the extraordinary diversity of personalities, plants and source communities involved in this imperial project. Using treasures from the Collection - some of which will be on display for the evening - I'll explore what they tell us about Kew in the past 150 years, and what we can learn for today. Coverage will range from Maori cloaks to Amazonian cassava squeezers; Japanese paper hats to African poison arrows.


Dr Mark Nesbitt | talks | www


Date and Time:

14 December 2009 at 6:00 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



Jodrell Lecture Theatre
Kew Road

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Organised by:

Sustainable Uses Group
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Additional Information:

The Jodrell Lecture Theatre is accessed via the Jodrell Gate on Kew Road. This lies equidistant between Kew Bridge and Kew Gardens stations.

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