The mobile museum: economic botany in circulation

Lead Research Organisation: Royal Holloway, University of London
Department Name: Geography

Abstract

The Museum of Economic Botany at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, was originally established in 1847 as a public repository for 'all kinds of useful and curious Vegetable Products, which neither the living plants of the Garden nor the specimens in the Herbarium could exhibit'. Reflecting Kew's global networks of science, empire and commerce, the collection grew at such a rate that additional museum buildings were added in 1857, 1863, and 1910, the whole complex playing an important role in the production and dissemination of botanical knowledge during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today Kew's Economic Botany Collection consists of over 90,000 objects, housed not in a museum but in a purpose-built research store. It is the diversity of this collection, especially its juxtaposition of botanical specimens, plant derivatives, indigenous artefacts and industrially-produced objects, which makes it truly unique: for example, seeds of the Brassica nigra from Ethiopia are found alongside objects as diverse as a cassava sieve made by the Ingariko people of Amazonia, and walking-sticks produced in the City of London. Transcending the purely botanical or the purely cultural, this is best described as a 'biocultural' collection, and it is of growing interest to a wide range of disciplines from ethnobotany to design history, as well as to diverse communities and museum curators around the world.

Why and how did objects enter and leave this collection, and why does this matter? This project seeks to examine the circulation of objects into and out of the Kew museums over the period between 1847 and 1987. For the founders of such museums, the mere accumulation of objects was not an end in itself: their collections were designed to be useful, scientifically, pedadogically and commercially. If museums were to contribute to the making of new knowledge, whether in natural history, anthropology or design education, this would be accomplished not simply through the acquisition of specimens or artefacts, but through their circulation either as physical objects or in other forms. Conceptualising museums in terms of the mobility of their collections requires re-thinking the way they have functioned historically and what can be done with their collections today.

In this context, the value of Kew's Economic Botany Collection to researchers is substantially enhanced by the unusually extensive documentation of the movement of objects through the collection. Two archival series stand out: the Museum's accession registers (or 'Entry Books') recording acquisitions from 1847 to the present, and its de-accession registers (or 'Exit Books') recording outgoing objects from 1881 to the present. Augmented by other archival resources, notably Kew Directors' correspondence, these two series provide fundamental data for the study of national and transnational circulation of plant materials of economic and ethnobotanical interest in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

This project will use this unique archival record to map the circulation of biocultural objects into and out of Kew, at international and national scales. At the international scale, the research will identify the principal networks of exchange, focusing especially on links with museums in Australia, the United States and Europe. At the national scale, the research will consider Kew's place in a wider network of natural history and ethnographic museums, and will examine its role in providing specimens and artefacts to schools in the wider context of contemporary nature study. A series of focused object studies will trace the trajectories of objects through both national and international networks of exchange. Finally, the project will provide online access to an enhanced database of the Economic Botany Collection, including outgoing objects for the first time. This will be of lasting value to researchers, museum practitioners, source communities and educators worldwide.

Planned Impact

The project is designed to be of lasting value to the following users and beneficiaries: (1) collections managers and heritage professionals, (2) museum curators and exhibitions staff, (3) enthusiast historians and botanists, (4) representatives of source communities, (5) educators, including museum learning departments and school-teachers, and (6) pupils and students.

1. Collections managers and heritage professionals. The enhanced database, to include de-accessions for the first time, will enable museum professionals to search for crucial provenance information about objects in their own collections. This will enable significant enrichment of knowledge and interpretation of the contents of other collections. Given the diverse nature and global scope of recipient collections, this benefit will be available to professionals in a diverse range of institutions, including many natural history museums and ethnographic museums around the world.

2. Museum curators and exhibitions staff. The project will enable curators to develop new ways of engaging with biocultural objects which are often little known and little understood, especially when objects originally donated to one institution and today found in another. By re-connecting these objects with crucial information concerning their provenance, and by highlighting their role in global patterns of migration, empire and commodity circulation, the project seeks to inspire new ways of using and displaying them in museum settings.

3. Enthusiast historians and botanists. The project will build on Kew's strong track record of public engagement with these groups, through guided tours of the Economic Botany Collection, public showcases and talks, blogs and web posts, accessible publications and other printed resources.

4. Representatives of source communities. There is growing interest amongst source communities worldwide in culturally significant objects made from plant materials artefacts found within biocultural collections such as those at Kew. We will make information of interest to source communities available via an easily accessible online database, and we will work with overseas partner museums, especially in Australia, which have well-established protocols for engagement with source communities.

5. Educators, including museum learning departments and school-teachers. The project will promote new approaches to biocultural collections through UK museum learning departments, and will provide new educational resources for use by teachers at KS1-KS2 level, including lesson plans, visual images and archival resources for use in the classroom. Educators will also be invited to participate in collections tours, and to make use of accessible printed resources about the collections.

6. Pupils and students. School pupils will benefit from the provision of educational resources to educators in museums and schools. Direct engagement with pupils at primary school level will be achieved through a project to reconstruct two school museums based on our research on Kew's role in the promotion of object-based study in the classroom a century ago. Students at University level will also benefit from a placement scheme managed jointly by the PI and CI enabling them to gain work experience within the Economic Botany Collection at Kew.

Some of the impact described above, will be achieved by the organisation of educational and public engagement activity within the lifetime of the project. Further impact over a longer period will be generated by the dissemination of knowledge through the significantly enhanced collection database that will be freely accessible to all users of the web. Given the nature of the resource and the international scope of the project, the geographical range of the impact is expected to be global.

Publications

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Description The project has involved the digitisation, transcription and analysis of key archival resources enabling us to understand the movement of objects into and out of the Kew Economic Botany Collection from its foundation in 1847 to the present. The study of museum collections has hitherto been dominated by studies of museum collecting. In taking circulation as its theme, this project is part of a wider paradigm shift in this field, linked to contemporary debates over access, digitisation and repatriation. It has also contributed significantly to the understanding of a neglected type of museum collection, combining 'natural' specimens and 'cultural' artefacts, which specialists now refer to as 'biocultural'. Such collections are of increasing interest to a wide variety of users, from artists and design historians to heritage managers and Indigenous communities.

New knowledge generated includes: (i) better appreciation of the global extent and variety of material acquired by Kew's Museum since its foundation in 1847; (ii) entirely new knowledge of an active programme of dispersal of specimens and artefacts to museums, botanic gardens, businesses, research institutes and schools; (iii) detailed understanding of the institutional, scientific and personal networks involved in the acquisition and redistribution of museum objects; (iv) case studies in the movement of objects, especially 'duplicates' exchanged with museums and specimens supplied to a large number of schools for object-based learning, especially in nature study; (v) provenance data concerning former Kew objects now found in collections across a variety of UK regional museums and in overseas museums and botanic gardens, notably in Australia, the USA and continental Europe.

The project has demonstrated the value of combining systematic processing and analysis of data in a large collection with intensive historical study of collectors, institutions, networks and objects. It has also made available important new research resources for understanding the provenance of museum objects moving between institutions, in the form of dispersals data in a variety of accessible forms. These include digitised records (available via the popular Biodiversity Heritage Library website), transcriptions of the archives (with links at page level to the original) and the complete dataset, based on a wide variety of sources, freely available via the University's data repository. Selected datasets have also been supplied to partner and associate institutions.

The project is contributing to a significant shift in the study of museum collections, inspired by current interest in mobility of museum objects. These questions go far beyond a single discipline, and extend well beyond academia. Our project conference held at Kew in 2019 attracted a large audience of researchers in the history of science, anthropology, museum studies, history and cultural geography, as well as a significant number of museum professionals. The impact of this conference led us to include a second book in our publication plan: Mobile Museums: Collections in Circulation will be published by UCL Press in 2021. The book contains 14 chapters, combining historical perspectives on the circulation of museum objects in the past with contemporary accounts of their re-mobilisation, notably in the context of Indigenous community engagement.
Exploitation Route The project has advanced new ways of understanding biocultural collections; developed new approaches to plant-based learning; and provided new resources for understanding the provenance of museum objects.

Our data and findings will be used by researchers from various academic disciplines interested in particular institutions, collections, collectors and objects. In particular, we anticipate further studies of particular themes opened up by our research, including the study of so-called 'duplicates'. More generally, the research methods and outcomes are designed to provide a model for other studies, combining an analytical approach to collections data processing with the interpretative approaches of the humanities.

Our research outputs are of direct relevance to collection managers, curators and educators. For museum professionals, the project has provided a model for approaching the connections between collections in order to improve understanding of provenance and enhance interpretation. For teachers and education professionals, we anticipate that the findings of the learning strand of the project and its extended evaluation will feed directly into the work of Kew's educational programmes. More generally, we expect the project's emphasis on the importance of understanding and communicating biocultural heritage will inform the future development of the field of plant humanities at Kew and elsewhere.
Sectors Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Education,Environment,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum
 
Description Across the three years of the project, we have sought to enrich understanding of biocultural collections amongst a range of users, especially heritage professionals, collection managers, curators and educators. The research has (1) advanced new ways of engaging with these collections, through the training workshops for UK museum staff, the creation of freely-available research resources, co-publication with heritage professionals and a programme of public engagement including active use of social media, radio broadcasting, art projects and participation in major science and heritage communication events; (2) tested and developed innovative approaches to object-centred learning through a collaborative project with two London primary schools, involving new curriculum-related resources, the publication of a teachers' handbook and further ongoing evaluation of the project as a model for future work in plant-based learning at Kew and elsewhere; (3) provided enhanced resources for understanding the provenance of museum objects moving between institutions, through the provision of collections data in a variety of freely available forms (datasets, transcriptions and digitised archives) via the project website, the RHUL Figshare repository and the widely-accessed Biodiversity Heritage Library website; (4) stimulated increased interest in the cataloguing and diverse uses of economic botany collections amongst collections managers and heritage professionals, through curator workshops, project publicity and visits to collections, especially in the six Australian museums and botanic gardens visited in 2018. Users of the research outputs include collection managers and museum curators; enthusiast historians and botanists; teachers and other educators in schools, museums and universities; pupils and students from primary to higher education. The longer-term impact of the learning strand of the research is the subject of an externally-commissioned evaluation project, to report in 2020, which will feed directly into the work of Kew's Learning and Participation Department. More generally, the Mobile Museum project has played a significant part in demonstrating the value of an arts and humanities perspective for understanding and communicating biocultural heritage. It has contributed directly to Kew's developing strategy for supporting arts and humanities research, as reflected in its membership of the Techne DTC (2018) and the AHRC Science Museums and Archives Consortium (2019).
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Education,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Strategic Knowledge Exchange Collaboration: Plant Humanities Scoping Project
Amount £28,949 (GBP)
Organisation Royal Holloway, University of London 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2020 
End 07/2020
 
Title Museum of Economic Botany, Kew: Specimens Distributed, 1847-1990 (Dataset 1 - Events) 
Description The dataset contains all recorded data on distributions or dispersals of specimens and artefacts from the Kew Museum of Economic Botany between 1847 and 1900, arranged by 'event', ie single records documenting a donation (usually with a specific date) which may include multiple items. (A second spreadsheet, arranged by individual item, includes further details of recipient name, institution and location). The data is based on information within Kew's 'Specimens Distributed' books for the period 1881-1990, supplemented by archival data from a variety of other sources (notably for the period between 1847 and 1881 for which no continuous archival record survives). The dataset, in CSV format, includes information on the date of the distribution, event record, description and type of object, place and region of origin, donor name if available and archival source, together with links where appropriate to the relevant page of the Specimens Distributed books which have been digitised and are available on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset provided the core resource for the Mobile Museum project which investigates, for the first time, patterns of dispersal of objects from Kew's Museum of Economic Botany to other museums, botanic gardens and schools, in the UK and overseas. The findings of the project rely heavily on this source, supplemented by and linked to other archival records at Kew and at other museums and botanic gardens. 
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum/data
 
Title Museum of Economic Botany, Kew: Specimens Distributed, 1847-1990 (Dataset 2 - Items) 
Description The dataset contains all recorded data on distributions or dispersals of specimens and artefacts from the Kew Museum of Economic Botany between 1847 and 1900, arranged by 'item', ie distinguishing each documented object whether distributed individually or as part of a group of objects donated in the same 'event'. (A second spreadsheet, arranged by event, includes further details of recipient name, institution and location). The data is based on information within Kew's 'Specimens Distributed' books for the period 1881-1990, supplemented by archival data from other sources (notably for the period between 1847 and 1881 for which no continuous archival record survives). The dataset, in CSV format, includes information on the date of the distribution, event record, description and type of object, place and region of origin, donor name if available and archival source, together with links where appropriate to the relevant page of the Specimens Distributed books which have been digitised and are available on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset provided the core resource for the Mobile Museum project which investigates, for the first time, patterns of dispersal of objects from Kew's Museum of Economic Botany to other museums, botanic gardens and schools, in the UK and overseas. The findings of the project rely heavily on this source, supplemented by and linked to other archival records at Kew and at other museums and botanic gardens. 
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum/data
 
Title Museum of Economic Botany, Kew: Specimens Distributed, 1881-1901 (Transcription) 
Description This is a full transcription of the archival record of dispersals of specimens and artefacts from the Kew Museum for the period covered by the first 'Specimens Distributed' book (1881-1901). The information provided usually includes the date, the recipient's name and institution (where appropriate) and a summary description of the object(s) distributed. There are links, at page level, to the archival originals which have been digitised and are now available via the Biodiversity Heritage Library website. Data extracted this archive, supplemented with other information from other sources, forms a significant part of the core dataset for the project. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset based on this source contributed to the core resource for the Mobile Museum project which investigates, for the first time, patterns of dispersal of objects from Kew's Museum of Economic Botany to other museums, botanic gardens and schools, in the UK and overseas. The findings of the project rely heavily on this dataset, supplemented by and linked to other archival records at Kew and at other museums and botanic gardens. 
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum/data
 
Title Museum of Economic Botany, Kew: Specimens Distributed, 1901-1990 (Transcription) 
Description This is a full transcription of the archival record of dispersals of specimens and artefacts from the Kew Museum for the period covered by the second 'Specimens Distributed' book (1901-1990). The information provided usually includes the date, the recipient's name and institution (where appropriate) and a summary description of the object(s) distributed. There are links, at page level, to the archival originals which have been digitised and are now available via the Biodiversity Heritage Library website. Data extracted this archive, supplemented with other information from other sources, forms a significant part of the core dataset for the project. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The dataset based on this source contributed to the core resource for the Mobile Museum project which investigates, for the first time, patterns of dispersal of objects from Kew's Museum of Economic Botany to other museums, botanic gardens and schools, in the UK and overseas. The findings of the project rely heavily on this dataset, supplemented by and linked to other archival records at Kew and at other museums and botanic gardens. 
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum/data
 
Description Adelaide Botanic Gardens 
Organisation Adelaide Botanic Garden
Country Australia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited to join project advisory board; supply of research data from project; talk about the project to botanic garden staff and researchers; invitation to deliver plenary paper at project conference in London.
Collaborator Contribution Feedback on project; supply of research data to project; support for archive visit to Adelaide.
Impact Project conference 2019. Project publications. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Berlin Botanical Museum 
Organisation Free University of Berlin
Country Germany 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution supply of research data from project; invitation to two members of staff to visit Kew and discuss common issues in collections; invitation to participate in project conference.
Collaborator Contribution supply of research data to project
Impact publications. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description British Museum 
Organisation British Museum
Department Department of Africas, Oceania & Amercias
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited to join project advisory board; supply of data from research project; invitations to participate in project workshop and conference.
Collaborator Contribution Feedback on project; supply of BM collections data to research project; session chair at project conference.
Impact publications (esp Cornish & Driver 2019) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Cambridge University Botanic Garden 
Organisation University of Cambridge
Department Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; invitation to participate in project workshop; invitation to co-author research paper.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of project team visit to Cambridge botanical collections; participation in project workshop; co-authorship of published paper.
Impact Publications esp Cornish et al (2020) Discussions on further collaboration. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Glasgow Museums 
Organisation Glasgow Life
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; invitation to participate in project workshop; invitation to co-author research paper
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; participation in project workshop; co-authorship of published paper.
Impact Publications esp Cornish et al (2020) Discussions on further collaboration. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Harvard University Herbaria 
Organisation Harvard University
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited to join project advisory board; supply of data from research project; presented seminar in Harvard University Herbarium; sent regular updates on progress of research; invitations to participate in project workshop and conference.
Collaborator Contribution Feedback on project; supply of data to research project; support for archival visit to Harvard.
Impact Publications. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Liverpool World Museum 
Organisation National Museums Liverpool
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; invitation to participate in project workshop; invitation to co-author research paper.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; participation in project workshop; co-authorship of published paper.
Impact Publications esp Cornish et al (2020) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Macleay Museum 
Organisation University of Sydney
Department Macleay Collections
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; talk to museum staff; invitation to participate in project conference; invitation to contribute chapter in project book.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of project team visit; participation in project conference; contribution of paper to project book.
Impact Publications esp Driver & Nesbitt, ed, Mobile Museums (UCL Press, 2021). Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Manchester Museum 
Organisation University of Manchester
Department Manchester Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; invitation to participate in project workshop; invitation to co-author research paper.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; participation in project workshop; co-authorship of published paper.
Impact Publications esp Cornish et al (2020) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Museums Victoria, Melbourne 
Organisation Museums Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; lunchtime seminar to staff and postgraduate students.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of project team visit to archives.
Impact Publications esp Cornish & Driver (2019). Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum 
Organisation Independence Seaport Museum
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; 'lunch and learn' talk about project to staff at museum
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of visit to museum
Impact Publications Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Pitt Rivers Museum 
Organisation University of Oxford
Department Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Invited to join project advisory board; supply of data from research project; support for linked research project; invitations to participate in project workshop and conference.
Collaborator Contribution Feedback on project development and findings; supply of data to research project.
Impact see publications (esp Cornish & Driver 2019) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 
Organisation Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences
Country Australia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; lunchtime talk to staff and researchers at the museum.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosted archive visit.
Impact Publications. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Queensland Museum, Brisbane 
Organisation Queensland Museum
Country Australia 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; talk to museum staff.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosted visit.
Impact Publications esp Cornish & Driver (2019). Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description RHUL-Kew collaboration 
Organisation Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution 1. Co-partner on the AHRC Mobile Museum project with Kew - location of Principal Investigator, two Research Assistants; 2. Collaboration on other services relating to the grant (including hosting of project website); 3. Collaboration on related public engagement activities including Open House event at Kew (2019); 4. Collaboration on extended evaluation of the learning strand of the project supported by RHUL (2019-20); 5. Co-supervision of two AHRC NPIF funded PhD students with Kew (2017 and 2018 start); 6. Collaboration on proposal to TECHNE DTC for a AHRC collaborative doctoral studentship on the Kew arboretum (2020 start); 7. Support of undergraduate and postgraduate student training placements and student visits to collections; 8. Collaboration on scoping out of further research potential in the area of Plant Humanities, supported by Royal Holloway Knowledge Exchange funding (2020)
Collaborator Contribution 1. Partner on the AHRC Mobile Museum project with Royal Holloway - location of Co-Investigator, project officer, data manager and schools project officer; 2. Collaboration on other services relating to the grant (including hosting of the project conference 2019); 3. Collaboration on related public engagement activities including visits to Kew collections and the Open House event (2019); 4. Collaboration on extended evaluation of the learning strand of the project supported by Kew Learning (2019-20); 5. Co-supervision of two AHRC NPIF funded PhD students with RHUL (2017 and 2018 start) and support for a further collaborative doctoral studentship (2020 start); 6. Membership of the TECHNE DTC consortium as a partner 7. Support of undergraduate and postgraduate student placements and student visits to collections 8. Collaboration on scoping out of further research potential in the area of Plant Humanities, supported by Royal Holloway Knowledge Exchange funding (2020)
Impact PUBLICATIONS TO DATE Between metropole and province (Cornish et al 2020) On ethnobotany (Nesbitt & Cornish 2020) Specimens distributed (Cornish & Driver 2019) Kew Gardens & the school museum (Newman & Driver 2019) Curating a School Museum (Mobile Museum Project 2019) Specimens distributed (Cornish & Wilkey 2018) Life cycle of a museum (Nesbitt & Cornish 2018) Botany in Victorian Jamaica (Nesbitt 2018) Face to face with Nain Singh (Driver 2018) The economic botany collection at Kew (Cornish, Driver & Nesbitt 2017) Botany behind glass (Cornish 2017) The collaboration is multidisciplinary around the broad field of plant humanities. Main disciplines involved are: historical geography; economic botany and ethnobotany; museum studies; history of science; history of collections; history of education For other outputs or outcomes, see other outputs; engagement activities; key findings; secondments and placements; collaborations and partnerships; next destinations.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne 
Organisation Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
Country Australia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; interviews on ABC Melbourne radio
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosted visit.
Impact Publications esp Cornish & Driver (2019) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Smithsonian Institution, Washington 
Organisation Smithsonian Institution
Country United States 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; contribution of talk to colloquium at National Museum of American History
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of researcher visit to collections (including textiles, materia medica and archives); prior hosting of short-term visit of researcher in 2015.
Impact Publications esp Driver & Cornish (2019) Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Warrington Museum 
Organisation Warrington Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Supply of data from research project; invitation to participate in project workshop; invitation to co-author research paper; authorship of Kew blog on Warrington Museum.
Collaborator Contribution Supply of data to research project; hosting of project team visit to Warrington museum; participation in project workshop; co-authorship of published paper.
Impact Publications esp Cornish et al (2020) Kew Science Blog Discussions on further collaboration. Multi-disciplinary collaboration: botany, history of science, museum studies, historical geography.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Conference Paper, Berlin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Conference paper on the use of economic botany specimens in schools, at International Standing Conference for the History of Education, Humboldt University, Berlin, August 2018, involving professional educators and postgraduates
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ische.org
 
Description Conference Session, 17th ICHG, Warsaw (2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Convened conference session in 17th ICHG, Warsaw ('Biocultural Collections in Circulation: Kew and Beyond"), including paper and three other presentations. A well attended session including delegates from many different countries.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Conference presentation - Albany, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Plenary lecture: The Mobile Museum: botanical exchanges between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Australia
Symposium: Collecting the West Histories of Natural History Collections & Collecting
University of Western Australia, Albany.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.collectingthewest.org/news/2018/11/6/histories-of-natural-history-collections-amp-collec...
 
Description Conference presentation, Limerick 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference paper on the history of school museums, at the History of Education Society conference, Limerick, November 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Expert advisory group, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In December 2019, Mark Nesbitt was invited to visit the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris, as a member of the expert advisory group appointed to consider the management, uses and interpretation of the MNHN ethnobiological collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Conference at Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This conference took place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 9-10 May 2019. It brought together researchers, postgraduates and curators from a wide variety of institutions, disciplines and countries to consider the mobility of collections, past and present. The conference papers addressed diverse themes in the history of the circulation of objects and their re-mobilisation in the context of object exchange, educational projects and community engagement. For a conference of such a scale, with over 100 delegates, discussion was remarkably open, continuous and enriching. Speakers came from the UK, USA, Australia, Austria and Denmark. There were also tours of the Economic Botany Collection, library, archives and herbarium.
The entire conference proceedings were made available via an online broadcasting platform. A book proposal based on the event was submitted to UCL Press and accepted following peer review. The book (Mobile Museums: Collections in Circulation) is due for publication in Spring 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/geography/research/explore...
 
Description Interview for Melbourne public radio broadcast 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Extended Interview on 'The Conversation Hour,' ABC Radio Melbourne, 16 October 2018. Estimated audience 1.1million. This was followed up by a further interview in November 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/programs/theconversationhour/the-conversation-hour/10358262
 
Description Interview for local radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview, morning programme, ABC, Albany. 10 minutes. Audience in 1000s.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for national radio 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Radio interview, Mark Nesbitt with Geraldine Doogue, for ABC Saturday Extra, 7 minutes. "The economic botany collection, a treasure trove rediscovered". Audience (Australian) approx. 400k.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/saturdayextra/economic-botany_mark-nesbitt/10496342
 
Description Invited lecture - Perth, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Title: The Mobile Museum: botanical exchanges between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Australia
Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Western Australia, Perth
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/nesbitt
 
Description Kew Science Blog 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog based on project researcher's visit to Warrington Museum (regional museum involved in project workshop and project publication).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/botanical-wonders-warrington
 
Description Kew Science Blog 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog by the project officer on the economic botany collection which provides the core focus for our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/if-these-shelves-could-talk
 
Description Mobile Museum Project Website and Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The website was the main platform for reporting on the project, news, events, social media, outcomes, resources and data, with links to the RHUL data repository and the Biodiversity Heritage Website. Towards the end of 2019, the website was re-launched on a new platform and will now remain accessible from 2020 onwards. The Mobile Museum twitter feed (reported separately) remains active.

Mobile Museum Project Website unique page views: 2017: 3,466 (2017), 4,297 (2018), TBC (2019), mostly from external traffic

Mobile Museum Project Blog: 31 blogs over the 3 years of the project: 10 blog posts (2017), 12 blog posts (2018), 9 blog posts (2019)

See also Mobile Museum Project Twitter feed for discussion of blog posts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/mobilemuseum
 
Description Mobile Museum Project workshop for UK museum curators and collections managers 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Mobile Museum Project workshop for museum curators and collections managers across the UK , held at Kew, May 2018. The workshop included sessions on the Mobile Museum project, on other projects linked to Kew's economic botany collection, and on the history of exchange between Kew and other museums and collections across the UK. There was also a tour of the Economic Botany Collection.

UK Museums and collections represented at the Workshop included Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Cambridge Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Cambridge University Herbarium, Glasgow Museums, Horniman Museum, Kew, Manchester Museum, National Museum Wales, National Museums Liverpool, Natural History Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter, Science Museum, UCL and Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Outcomes included plans for further exchanges and workshops, requests for information and heightened awareness of the significance of links between UK collections, and a paper on regional museum collections of economic botany co-authored by a number of the participants (submitted for publication Jan 2019).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://intranet.royalholloway.ac.uk/geography/research/mobile-museum/news/news-articles/mobile-muse...
 
Description Mobile museum - Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Summary of Mobile Museum project key findings and impact, with discussion of future implications for Kew. Talk in the Jodrell Lecture Theatre was shared by video conference with Kew staff at Wakehurst.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/KewMobileMuseum/status/1192429637378486274
 
Description Mobility and the humanities, University of Padua 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on the Mobile Museum project as a case study in interdisciplinary research on mobilities and material culture, with particular reference to museums. Contributed to the development of the inter-university partnership between RHUL Geography Department and the University of Padua Department of Historical & Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Museum event (Manchester) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Paper presentation to museum professionals at event designed to promote discussion of ways of reaching new audiences for museums and collections - "Unlocking the Vault: making the most of scientific collections at Manchester Museum" (June 2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Open House London: Event at Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project team organised Kew's contribution to Open House London by creating displays in the building at Kew which once housed the world's first Museum of Economic Botany, established in 1847 and closed to the public in 1960. On the weekend of 21-22 Sept 2019, the building was opened to the public who were able to experience something of its former ambience as a museum space. Suspended from the balcony were replicas of the nineteenth-century botanical prints once displayed in the museum, and on open tables in the centre of the space were objects selected from Kew's Economic Botany Collection. Project researchers, associated doctoral students and volunteers were on hand to interpret them and engage with visitors, who numbered around a thousand people.
The themes covered in the Open House displays included: cinchona and the quest for quinine; the history of paper-making; basketry; the Amazonian collections of botanist Richard Spruce; and the history of the school museum. Meanwhile outside the building visitors could see demonstrations of the crafts of paper-making and basket-making, showing that the use of plants as raw materials is as relevant today as it was in the 19th century.
The research which informed these displays was undertaken within the Mobile Museum project and related research projects at Kew. Together they gave some idea of the breadth of current research on the Economic Botany Collection and the potential for future research. Feedback was very positive.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/geography/research/explore...
 
Description Paper at British Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Talk to British Museum/Royal Anthropological Institute Meeting on Art, Materiality & Representation, in session on Collections as Currency ('Museum exchange and the role of the 'duplicate': Kew and the trade in biocultural objects'), 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://nomadit.co.uk/rai/events/rai2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6146
 
Description Paper, British Society for the History of Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Talk to British Society for the History of Science, Annual Conference, York, July 2017 ('Plants across the Water: Kew, the Smithsonian, and Transatlantic Networks of Collecting in the Late Nineteenth Century')"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Plant humanities - Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on plant humanities and collections-based research, drawing on the mobile museum project and discussing wider implications for future research and knowledge exchange. Talk in the Jodrell Lecture Theatre was shared by video conference with Kew staff at Wakehurst.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://twitter.com/KewMobileMuseum/status/1229498336782229504
 
Description Poster presentation (Cambridge-NATSCA) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Poster presentation on the project at the Natural Sciences Collections Association annual conference (April 2017). Reached significant audiences in a core professional community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.natsca.org/
 
Description Primary school museum exhibitions 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The project team, supported by Kew's learning department, worked with two London primary schools on a plant-based learning project, culminating in a pupil-led exhibition in the form of a museum of plants and plant products created in each school. Wilberforce School in Westminster opened its "Museum of Plants and Cultures", on 1 July 2019; St Monica's Primary School in Hackney opened its "Our Plants, Our People" museum on 8 July 2019. Each project involved every class in the school.

The project was intended to encourage new ways of engaging children through cross-curricular, plant-based learning. The 'whole school' approach also involved parents and the wider community. As well as the exhibitions themselves, a teachers handbook and learning resources (including lesson plans on 'object handling', 'why plants matter' and 'what's your story') were produced by the project team: these are being made available via the Kew Learning & Engagement webpages and the Mobile Museum project website.

Teachers, pupils and parents provided feedback on the positive value of the project in relation to knowledge and understanding of plants; appreciation of cultures and heritage; and twenty-first century skills. An extended evaluation of the project is due to be published in 2020.

See also separate reports on teachers workshop and pupils workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/geography/research/explore...
 
Description Primary school pupils visits to Kew Gardens 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Two visits to Kew of pupils of primary schools participating in the Mobile Museum project: Wilberforce School Westminster, and St Monica's School, Hackney. The visits were hosted by the learning department. In the case of the St Monica's visit, pupils visited the Economic Botany Collection and met with researchers. Workshops on plant learning and museum objects formed part of the days.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/wilber4sprimary/status/1113835027215933441
 
Description Primary schoolteachers training workshop at Kew 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact This was a training day for all staff at Wilberforce Primary School, Westminster, which was participating in the learning strand of the project. A total of 24 staff attended the day which consisted of workshops on learning from plants, and guided tours of the collections designed to provide training in the use of objects within plant-based teaching. A total of 24 school staff attended and feedback was excellent.

The training day was an integral part of the process leading up to the opening of a 'museum' of plant-based objects in the school curated by the pupils.

The workshop also contributed to the development of learning resources by the Kew learning department and a teachers handbook by the project team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://royalholloway.ac.uk/research-and-teaching/departments-and-schools/geography/research/explore...
 
Description Project social media (twitter feed) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project has managed a twitter feed from February 2017 as a lively way of publicising project activities and engaging with a range of users in academic, museum, educational, volunteer and enthusiast communities. The project communications strategy is underpinned by a commitment to enhancing engagement with these diverse communities. Over the three years of the project, to December 2019, the project twitter feed had over 1.5 million impressions. The Mobile Museum twitter account continues to publicise project research and findings, and currently has 1,639 followers.

In 2017, there were 260 tweets (with 346,790 impressions, 4812 profile views and 125 mentions).
The top 2017 tweet (on a fern collected by Darwin) had 63 retweets, 152 likes, a total of 11,910 impressions and 517 engagements.
At the end of 2017, the Mobile Museum twitter feed had 726 followers.

In 2018, there were 265 tweets (with 439,400 impressions, 5001 profile views and 401 mentions).
The top 2018 tweet (on a jar of Frankincense resin) had 45 retweets, 70 likes, a total of 10,300 impressions and 293 engagements.
At the end of 2018, the Mobile Museum twitter feed had 1,142 followers.

In 2019, there were 308 tweets (with 804,100 impressions, at least 3247 profile views and 369 mentions).
The top 2019 tweet (on Curating a School Museum) had 112 retweets, 227 likes, a total of 39,120 impressions and 1,181 engagements.
As of 9 March 2020, the Mobile Museum twitter feed has 1,639 followers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017,2018,2019,2020
URL https://twitter.com/KewMobileMuseum?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.royalholloway.ac.u...
 
Description Public Lecture at Queensland Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project, with special reference to object exchanges between Queensland Museum and Kew Gardens. Led to numerous questions and increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.facebook.com/events/331064621001191/
 
Description Public Lecture. Nicholson Museum, University of Sydney 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project, with special reference to object exchanges between Kew Gardens and Australian Museums. Led to increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections, and further valuable research leads.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://wordvine.sydney.edu.au/files/2259/21900/
 
Description Public lecture, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project, with special reference to object exchanges between Powerhouse Museum and Kew Gardens. Led to numerous questions from museum staff, artists and visiting public, and increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Resource imperialism, Bern 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 'Accumulate to circulate: cultures of object exchange in late nineteenth-century museums'
The Challenge of Resource Imperialism: Labour, Science and Commodities in Circulation Workshop
University of Bern, October 17, 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.hsozkult.de/event/id/termine-41388
 
Description Seminar Series, 'Collections in Circulation' (January-May 2018) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Seminar Series on "Collections in Circulation", Institute of Historical Research (London Group of Historical Geographers series), Jan-May 2018, with five events including speakers from the British Museum and Pitt Rivers Museum alongside University researchers. Very well attended series, including museum professionals and postgraduate students, as well as established researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Summer School Science Showcase, Garden Museum, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on plant-based education by our project researcher and project officer at event organised by the Garden Museum, London, as part of their summer science showcase. The event attracted a large number of secondary school teachers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://gardenmuseum.org.uk/events/summer-science-showcase/
 
Description Talk (Bucknell University students) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to 20 students from Bucknell University, Pennsylvania (October 2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk (Kew science) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk about the project to staff in Kew Science Directorate.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.kew.org/science/collections/economic-botany-collection
 
Description Talk at Harvard University Herbaria 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project to Harvard library and archives staff, PhD students and visiting researchers, with special reference to object exchanges between Harvard and Kew Gardens. Led to increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://huh.harvard.edu/event/huh-special-seminar-caroline-cornish
 
Description Talk at Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Lunchtime Talk on Mobile Museum project for museum staff and volunteers, with special reference to object exchanges between Philadelphia Museum and Kew Gardens. Led to increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk on Mobile Museum Project, London Museums of Health and Medicine Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project and collection tour for Members of the London Museums of Health and Medicine Group, 2018
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk, Festival at Cambridge University Botanic Garden to celebrate new design features 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact invited talk at three-day 'Sorted!' festival to launch a new design feature at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. Attended by participants from across the UK. Led to numerous questions, subsequent contact and increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany, garden design and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/sorted-science-and-art
 
Description Talk, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Staff Talk on Mobile Museum project, with special reference to object exchanges between Melbourne and Kew Gardens. Led to questions and increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk, Santos Museum of Economic Botany, Adelaide Botanic Gardens 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on Mobile Museum project to museum staff and volunteers, with special reference to object exchanges between Adelaide and Kew Gardens. Led to numerous questions and increased interest in related subject areas, esp. economic botany and history of collections. This was followed by an invitation to the Director of the Santos Museum of Economic Botany to participate in the Mobile Museum International Conference at Kew, May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on cultures of object exchange in late nineteenth-century museums to the Geographies of Knowledge seminar, University of Cambridge
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description V&A Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk on museums and collections research and research funding in UK Universities, using Mobile Museum as a case study.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop presentation - Madison 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Preseentation on Mobile Museum project: Biocultural Collections workshop, 4 June
Society for Economic Botany, Madison, Wisc.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018