Two photo history related news items from Kew - a new book and a request for help with a research project.
1. New book: "The story of Kew Gardens in photographs" - http://shop.kew.org/books-dvds/kew-in-pictures.html
Having worked at Kew for 19 years I have long had an interest in early photographs of this notable institution and its gardens. In Kew's own collection there are two exceptional full-plate Claudet daguerreotypes taken of the construction of the Palm House, I believe taken in 1847 (the exact date is known, but I don't have the reference to hand). You can see a very poor quality detail at http://www.kew.org/heritage/places/palmhouse_construction.html. It is now great to see many of these images appear in the above book. I also have my own small collection, the earliest of which are some 1860s stereoviews and carte de visite, mainly by York (a small selection can be seen at http://www.flickr.com/photos/whatsthatpicture/sets/72157613697621701/detail/)
2. Research project: history of the museums - http://www.kew.org/news/kew-blogs/economic-botany/Old-photographs,-new-knowledge.htm
This blog item showcases the discovery of new photographs showing the interior of the museums, part of a research project trying to find out more about their history. Although early C20th, these images are rare depictions that have allowed researchers to get a better idea for how Hooker's original ideas were put in place.
I would like to throw out the question to members here to ask if they are aware of any photographs of Kew in their own collections, whether personal or professional, that they could share?
Many thanks, James