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Women Gallery

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Choose from 17 images in our Women collection.


Palm House and Parterre
Palm House and Parterre
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Eleanor Morland, Gertude Cope and Alice Hutchings, Kew gardeners, 1898
Group portrait showing Women Gardeners
Group portrait showing Women Gardeners
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Cochineal beetle harvest, by Eadweard Muybridge
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
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
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
Kews women gardeners, November 1916
The Mounting Room
The Mounting Room
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II Featured Image

Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century. Fourteen women were enrolled onto the staff in 1940, joined by a further thirteen in 1941. The women referred to their unifrom of apron and clogs as battledress'. The clogs were wooden soled shoes with leather uppers. One of the women, Jean Thompson told colleague Betty Cooper: "My most vivid impression was the difficulty I had balancing on the rocks in my clogs."

© RBG KEW

Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Japanese hemp production circa 1910
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880's
Tea plantation, Far East
Tea plantation, Far East
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II