Carol Costello and Lara Michael will be giving tours of the new Hebarium, Library, Art and Archives wing at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew for Open House London 2016.
When: Saturday 17th September 2016, 10am to 5pm
Where: Herbarium, Library, Art and Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond TW9 3AE
Price: Free (NB: entry to the Gardens is not included)
Carol and Lara were the architects for this RIBA Award winning, BREEAM excellent climate controlled archive and research building that houses Kew's priceless collection of dried plant specimens and rare botanical books and illustrations.
As well as learning about the architectural design of the new wing and the history of the existing Herbarium, visitors will be able to meet Kew's scientists and archivists, examine plant and fungi specimens, and learn about Kew's flagship historic collections and current scientific projects.
Kew Herbarium has a central role for research on plant biodiversity, with seven million specimens, and growing, with a yearly addition of around 30,000 new specimens. A herbarium specimen is a dried and pressed plant stuck on a sheet of cartridge with a label attached to indicate provenance, collector, number and identity. The specimens date back to the eighteenth century and represent an irreplaceable international asset. The Herbarium is the centre of an information network that brings together botanists from around the world.