Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Celebrating the life of J.D. Hooker

J.D. Hooker
Image courtesy of Kew Gardens
Many thanks to Mark Nesbitt at Kew Gardens for alerting us to "The Making of Modern Botany", a one day meeting to celebrate the life and work of Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker P.R.S., Victorian botanist, plant hunter and Director of Kew Gardens.

The celebration takes place on 30th June 2017, 9.30am to 5.30pm, with an evening event 6pm to 7pm, at the Jodrell Lecture Theatre, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Mark says "This event will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of science, particularly botany, botanical illustration, exploration and empire. It will also present an attractive programme for those interested in the history of Kew Gardens as well as scientific work being carried out today at Kew and beyond.

"There will be a varied programme of talks and an opportunity to see Joseph Hooker collections behind the scenes at Kew. Leading scholars and researchers will consider Joseph Hooker's place in the history of science as well as his continuing influence on current botanical research in related fields. There will be lunchtime tours, including behind the scenes in the archive, the Herbarium and highlights of material on Joseph Hooker.

"Delegates are invited to an evening event at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art (from 6pm) for a chance to see 'Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place', an exhibition showcasing Joseph Hooker's work through Kew's unique historic collections.

"Price: £25 adults. £15 students. Prices includes entry to the Gardens, lunch and refreshments as well as evening view of the exhibition 'Joseph Hooker: Putting plants in their place'. The evening view of the exhibition is included in the event price (but please make sure you select the ticket that includes this option when booking your ticket).

"Further details and booking information can be found here and any queries directed here."