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Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Joseph Rock (1884-1962)
Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer
Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
The Palm House, Kew Gardens
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India
Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882
J. A.Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940's
J. A.Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940's
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916 Featured Image

John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916

John Davenport Snowden, botanical explorer and plant collector, with his wife, standing outside their tent at a camp near Kampala, Uganda, in 1916. Snowden began work in Uganda in 1911, when he became Assistant Agricultural Officer. He sent many specimens back to Kew. The red hot poker Kniphofia thompsonii var. snowdenii is named after him

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Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Kaspar Maria von Sternberg, 1832
Kaspar Maria von Sternberg, 1832
Victoria Gate
Victoria Gate
Richard Spruce
Richard Spruce
John Wilfred Sutch
John Wilfred Sutch
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kews women gardeners, November 1916 Featured Image

Kews women gardeners, November 1916

Kew's women gardeners, November 1916, during World War I. During the war women's roles at Kew continued to grow. Back row (l-r) K W Harper, I L Lines, H A Rowan, M I Yeo, N J Watson, E M HArper, K Watson. Middle row (l-r) H W Davidson, N M Wiltshire, C Nash, V H Harvey, E M Casey, H M Ranson, A Hutchings, C F Ellis, M W Watson. Front row (l-r) A B Freda, N Robshaw, I E Clark, L H Joshua, R M Williams, E Stubington, V S Bell, M E Goad, M N Owen, N Grant

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Charles Metcalf
Charles Metcalf
Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, 1940's
Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, 1940's
Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963
Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963
The Mounting Room
The Mounting Room
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew
William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew
Sir William Thiselton Dyer
Sir William Thiselton Dyer
The Kew Fire Brigade
The Kew Fire Brigade
H. W. Sayer
H. W. Sayer
C.F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943
C.F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, 1940's Featured Image

Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, 1940's

Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, working under Dr Hutchinson, Keeper of Museums, during the 1940's, is seen here scraping pollen onto glass from a South African marigold. This became part of the National Reference Collection identifying pollen that triggered hayfever. Melville was one of Kew's representatives on the British Ministry of Supply's Vegetable Drugs Committee, advising on plant sources for drugs

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Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926
Kew Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday, 1926
Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion
Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens
Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens
Kew Pier and steam boat
Kew Pier and steam boat
William Turrill botanising
William Turrill botanising
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880's