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Project summary

This project is concerned with the circulation of objects into and out of the Kew Museum ever since its creation in 1847. Museum collections founded at this time were designed to be useful – scientifically, pedagogically, and commercially.  They made valuable contributions to the creation of new knowledge by acquiring and displaying specimens and artefacts, and also by re-circulating them.

Kew’s Economic Botany Collection is supported by an unusually extensive set of documents recording the movement of objects through the collection. By examining these and other archives, it is possible to digitally record specimen and artefact transfers and to place these objects in new locations, with new contexts, histories and significance.

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