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History Collection (#4)

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Background imageHistory Collection: Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939

Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, working in the Herbarium, RBG Kew, 1939

Background imageHistory Collection: Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II

Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners were again 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

Background imageHistory Collection: Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII

Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Supplies of seed potatoes were insufficient to demand during WWII, so Wiliam Campbell, Curator of Kew Gardens devised a method of growing potatoes using slices from the tuber instead

Background imageHistory Collection: Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII

Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, during World War II. The Model Allotment Plan initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture was designed to provide a household of five people with a

Background imageHistory Collection: William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940

William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
Here, WIlliam Turrill models the full gas protection suit usually worn by Air Raid Wardens. In the spring of 1940 a Kew Gardens Platoon was formed

Background imageHistory Collection: Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939

Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation Post in Cambridge Cottage Garden, RBG Kew, autumn 1939. Observation posts, where soldiers were placed to monitor possible enemy movement, were assembled throughout the country

Background imageHistory Collection: Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939

Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags protect some of the lower windows and doors at the Herbarium and telephone room, RBG Kew, 1939, during World War II

Background imageHistory Collection: Kews women gardeners, November 1916

Kews women gardeners, November 1916, during World War I. During the war womens 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

Background imageHistory Collection: Kew Guild dinner at the Holborn Restaurant, London, 1905

Kew Guild dinner at the Holborn Restaurant, London, 1905. The Guild was established in 1893 to bring together past and present members of staff

Background imageHistory Collection: Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII

Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Garden visitors inspect the vegetables in the Demonstration Plot, Kew Gardens, during World War II. Visitor numbers increased between 1941

Background imageHistory Collection: Charles Metcalf

Charles Metcalf became Keeper of the Jodrell Laboratory in 1930. Here, he is identifying a timber specimen

Background imageHistory Collection: Dr R. Melville, scientist at Kew, 1940 s

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

Background imageHistory Collection: Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963

Jodrell Laboratory staff, 1963, with Charles Metcalf (Keeper of the Jodrell laboratory) centre

Background imageHistory Collection: Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew

Walter Fitch, Llewllyn House, Kew. Presented by his widow in 1904. Walter Fitch (1817-1892) was appointed as a botanical artist for Curtis Botanical magazine by William Hooker

Background imageHistory Collection: The Mounting Room

The Mounting Room
Two members of staff working int the Mounting Room, Kew Gardens. Once collected specimens have been dried and pressed, they are mounted onto a herbarium sheet of archival quality paper with an

Background imageHistory Collection: John Hutchinson

John Hutchinson, Keeper of Museums at Kew from 1936 to 1948. He curated Economic Botany collections and advised british ministries and colonial governments

Background imageHistory Collection: William Thiselton Dyer

William Thiselton Dyer
On becoming Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, William Thiselton-Dyer appointed himself Inspector of the Kew Constabulary, a title that is still held by serving directors

Background imageHistory Collection: William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew

William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew for thirty years from 1875

Background imageHistory Collection: Sir William Thiselton Dyer

Sir William Thiselton Dyer in court dress with his Order of St Michael and St George, on being knighted in 1899

Background imageHistory Collection: William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew Gardens

William Thiselton Dyer, Director of Kew Gardens
William Thiselton Dyer (1843-1928), Director of Kew Gardens 1885 to 1905 after the retirement of Joseph Hooker

Background imageHistory Collection: The Kew Fire Brigade

The Kew Fire Brigade was operated on a voluntary basis by staff from the Gardens with, from 1882, a station in the Melon Yard on the Kew Road near the southern tip of Kew Green

Background imageHistory Collection: The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary, ca 1910-1915

The Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary, ca 1910-1915
Photograph of William Thiselton Dyer and Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary, ca 1910-1915. William Thiselton Dyer is the white-haired officer carrying the cane in the centre

Background imageHistory Collection: The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, Kew Gardens

The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, Kew Gardens
The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, left to right: Professor Daniel Oliver (Keeper 1864-90), W. Botting Hemsley (1899-1908), Dr Otto Stapf (1908-22) and J. G

Background imageHistory Collection: H. W. Sayer

H. W. Sayer
H.W. Sayer Sub-Foreman of the Temperate House pits, RBG Kew, May 1924. this was where plants destined for the Temperate House were propagated

Background imageHistory Collection: C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943

C. F. Coates, Aboretum propagator, 1943
C.F. Coates, Arboretum propagator seen here taking a bud from a cutting for grafting onto new stock in 1943

Background imageHistory Collection: The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916

The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916
The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew: " accepting delivery", circa 1916. Gifted by the Provincial Governement of British Columbia, it was towed along the Thames by tug boat

Background imageHistory Collection: Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914

Felled tree for Kew Flagstaff, British Columbia, 1914
British COlumbia 1914: The felled tree which was to form the great flagstaff at RBG Kew from 1919 to 1959. Made from a Douglas fir

Background imageHistory Collection: The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew, ca. 1900-1905

The Great Flagstaff, RBG Kew, ca. 1900-1905
Photograph of The Great Flagstaff at RBG Kew, flying the Union Flag, ca. 1900-1905. It stood until August 2007

Background imageHistory Collection: Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915

Kew Flag pole en route from Vancouver, 1915
The great Kew flagstaff is seen here en route from Vancouver aboard the SS Merionethshire, arriving at Tilbury Docks on 29 December 1915

Background imageHistory Collection: The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901

The Birdman, Mr Allaway, 1901
The Birdman, Mr Allaway feeding penguin outside Museum No. 1 - 1901. In 1899 three penguins were presented to Kew by Albert Linney

Background imageHistory Collection: Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens

Joey the Stanley Crane, Kew Gardens
Joey the Stanley Crane was a well-known Kew personality. In 1935 The Journal of the Kew Guild described his eventful life, which included losing a toe to a lawn mower

Background imageHistory Collection: Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938

Aircraft emergency landing, Kew, 1938
On 5th January 1938 an aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing near the Palm House, Kew. It had been pulling an advertising banner

Background imageHistory Collection: Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928

Aircraft crash, Kew, 1928
On the 16th August, 1928, a single seater Siskin aircraft came down in flames to the west of the Syon Vista, Kew Gardens, during an aerial display

Background imageHistory Collection: Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Stereograph, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
This stereograph of the interior of one of the T-Range glasshouses shoes a sign requesting visitors to keep to the right and to refrain from touching the plants

Background imageHistory Collection: 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 Green, Richmond, at the end of the August Bank Holiday celebrations, 1926. William Dallimore, Keeper of the Museums of Economic Botany, Kew Gardens, described a Bank Holiday in the 1890 s

Background imageHistory Collection: The Kew Gardens Question

The Kew Gardens Question. This political cartoon was published in 1878 as part of the ongoing debate as to whether the public should be allowed into the gardens in the mornings, before 1pm

Background imageHistory Collection: Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion

Kew Pagoda from the Refreshment Pavillion

Background imageHistory Collection: Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913

Burnt remains of the Refreshment Pavilion, Kew Gardens, 1913
In 1913 the tea pavilion at Kew Gardens was burnt down by members of the womens suffrage movement as part of their campaign

Background imageHistory Collection: Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c. 1910

Japanese Gateway, Kew Gardens c. 1910
Model of the Chokushi-Mon (Gateway of the Imperial Messenger), better known as the Japanese Gateway, gifted to Kew after its inclusion in the Japan-British exhibition held at Shepherds Bush in 1910

Background imageHistory Collection: Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901

Amorphophallus titanum flowering, 1901
The Titan arum, Amorphophallus titanum is known as the corpse flower in its native Indonesia because of the rancid smell, described by Curtiss Botanical magazine as a mixture of rotten fish

Background imageHistory 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 imageHistory Collection: Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens

Kew Road and Entrance to Kew Gardens
A horse-drawn trolley bus and a horse and cart in Kew Road, close to the entrance of Kew Gardens. Trolley buses such as these ran from the Orange Tree public house near Richmond Station to Kew Bridge

Background imageHistory Collection: Kew Pier and steam boat

Kew Pier and steam boat
Steam boats were introduced in 1816. Initially they went straight to Richmond without stopping at Kew but eventually a stop at Kew Pier was added

Background imageHistory 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 imageHistory Collection: John Hutchinson

John Hutchinson on expedition in Northern Transvaal in 1930, using his plant-press as a makeshift seat

Background imageHistory 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 imageHistory 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

Background imageHistory 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




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