Posted on 10/07/2013
In the nineteenth century, botanists at Kew Gardens and the Natural History Museum saw opportunities for more funding if they tailored their research to the needs of the ever-growing British Empire. And so, economic botany began. Kew was particularly dedicated to finding useful plants and transplanting them into British territories. Research undertaken by Dr Caroline Cornish and Professor Felix Driver at Royal Holloway Geography Department working with RBG Kew has uncovered this hidden history of plant science - a fascinating geography of connections between different places across the world, made up through the coming together of trade, imperial power and scientific knowledge. This gives a very different angle on ideas about globalisation.
Caroline will be speaking at the Natural History Museum as a part of their 'Nature Live' series:
Attenborough Studio, Natural History Museum
Wednesday 17 July 2013 2:30pm