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Planned outcomes

  • An enhanced economic botany database, unlocking for the first time information on the provenance of objects transferred from Kew
  • A project website to share resources and news with a variety of users and beneficiaries
  • Research publications of interest to a variety of disciplines, including a monograph and research papers in academic journals
  • Education resources for teachers at KS1-KS2 level and an experiment in creating school museums in two London primary schools
  • Workshops for specialist researchers and collection managers from the UK and overseas

Project publications

Working papers

  1. Cornish C, Driver F & Nesbitt M, The Economic Botany Collection at Kew: analysis of accessions data WP1 (2017)
  2. Cornish C & Wilkey, B, "Specimens distributed": the circulation of objects from Kew's Economic Botany Collection WP2 (2018)
  3. Newman L & Driver F, 'School museums in the history of science and education: learning from Kew' WP3 (2019)

Related publications

  • Cornish C, ‘Botany behind glass: the vegetable kingdom on display at Kew’s Museum of Economic Botany’ in C. Berkowitz and B. Lightman (eds), Science Museums in Transition: Cultures of Display in Nineteenth-Century Britain and America (Pittsburgh, PA: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
  • Nesbitt M & C Cornish, ‘Seeds of industry and empire: economic botany collections between nature and culture’ Journal of Museum Ethnography 29 (2016) 53-70
  • Salick, J., K. Konchar, and M. Nesbitt (eds) Curating Biocultural Collections: A Handbook (Kew: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2014)
  • F Driver & S Ashmore, ‘The mobile museum: collecting and circulating Indian textiles in Victorian Britain’, Victorian Studies 52, no. 3 (2010) 353-385





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