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Plant Collectors Collection

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Joseph Rock (1884-1962)

Joseph Rock (1884-1962), a Viennese-born naturalist, author and linguist. From 1922 to 1949 he travelled through south-west China studying the flora, peoples, culture and languages of the region

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Henry Ridley

Henry Ridley
When Henry Ridley took over directorship of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, (1888-1911)there were many overgrown jungle areas and he was tasked with making a preliminary forest survey

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson

Ernest Henry Wilson (back row, second from right) with colleagues while working as a gardener at Kew, circa 1897. Two years later, in 1899, he would begin work as a plant collector

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911

Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
Henry Ridley standing by a houseboat at Kuala Tembeling in Malaysia, 1911. He travelled extensively in the Malay peninsula while director of the Singapore Botanic gardens

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916

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

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41

Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41. A keen horseman, Arthur Hill used to take a ride every morning but unfortunately met his death in 1941 when he fell from a horse on the Mid Surrey Golf Course

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron. The photograph is signed by Darwin with the inscription " I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: William Turrill botanising

William Turrill botanising aquatic plants with his vasculum slung over his shoulder. WIlliam Turrill was Keeper of the Herbarium and Library at Kew from 1946-57

Background imagePlant Collectors Collection: Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923

Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
This group photograph of " Kewites and wives" was taken in Kampala, Uganda, in 1923. Second from the right: John Davenport Snowden, with his wife, centre



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