22 November. Talk: Silk at Kew. At Silk Unravelled
11 October. Talk: with Kim Walker A Tale of Two
Cities: Assembling Cinchona Bark Collections in Leiden and London. UCL Spices symposium
10 October. Hosting Annual Ethnobotany Lecture at Kew.
7 October - 11 March. Two exhibitions in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew: Plantae Amazonicae and Life in Death. Both feature Economic Botany specimens.
September: Blog post Botanical Wonders in Warrington
August. New manual on ethnobotany: Manual de Etnobotânica: Plantas, artefatos e Conhecimentos Indígenas
August. New working paper out from Mobile Museum project: The Economic Botany Collection at Kew: Analysis of Accessions Data
13 July. Evening talk: Chelsea Physic Garden: More than cotton: textile secrets of Kew's Economic Botany Collection. Booking
25 March. New article: Macroscopic authentication of Chinese materia medica (CMM): a UK market study of seeds and fruits
20 March. New article: Economic botany collections: A source of material evidence for exploring historical changes in Chinese medicinal materials
16, 17 February, 3 March, 12 noon: Gallery Tour of the Flora Japonica exhibition, Kew Gardens. Free with admission but booking strongly recommended:
I work at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as Team Leader for Economic Botany and curator of the Economic Botany Collection (EBC) and am a Visiting Professor in the Department of Geography, Royal Holloway - University of London..
As the photograph above hints, the EBC is extraordinarily varied in its holdings, aspiring to represent all uses of all plants in all places. While it might never have quite completed that task, the efforts of curators and collectors since 1847 make the EBC a wonderfully rich resource for research and teaching on many aspects of botany, history, anthropology and art and design. After a decade working in it, I feel I have barely scratched the surface.
This website allows me to talk about my work at greater length than on Kew's official site (here is my Kew page), but readers will probably find it useful to see the official EBC pages, and perhaps my other personal site covering my past career in archaeobotany.
Above all, I hope these pages will encourage students and other researchers interested in using the EBC to contact me to discuss how we can work together.