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Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II Featured History Image

Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II

Preparing terracotta pots for planting. 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. Most had previously trained as gardeners while others arrived at Kew via the Auxilliary Territorial Services and the Women's Land Army

© RBG KEW

636. The Volcanoes of Merapi and Marbaboe, Java, from the top of Boro Bodoer Featured History Image

636. The Volcanoes of Merapi and Marbaboe, Java, from the top of Boro Bodoer

The rich plain at their feet covered with morning mist; the tops of the Cocoanut groves alone showing above it, and indicating the position of the numerous native villages. In the foreground are some of the 400 life-size statues of Buddha, amidst their shattered dagobas, which adorn the wonderful pyramid and its seven steps or terraces. They contain the whole history of the holy man, illustrated in the finest bas-relief, and if stretched out would measure three miles in length. The building was commenced apparently in the fifth or sixth century, and may have been in progress 200 years before it was completed

© RBG KEW

A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake Featured History Image

A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake

Engraving on paper, A View of the Palace from the North Side of the Lake, the Green House & the Temple of Arethusa, in the Royal Gardens at Kew'. The print features the Palace, also known as The White House, home of King George III; also visible in the distance is the Orangery. The Swan Boat was made on the occasion of the Prince of Wales's 17th birthday in 1755. Designed by John Rich, the manager of Covent Garden, its neck and head reached 18 feet, and the boat could hold 10 people

© RBG KEW