Curator Erin Messenger will speak at Kew Gardens on “Exploring Kew’s Economic Botany Collection through a Korean lens”
Erin’s role as Collections Manager for the Economic Botany Collection involves the general day-to-day care and management of around 120,000 useful plant-based objects. Whether that’s pest management, accessioning of new objects, handling loan and sampling requests or curating exhibitions, her role varies greatly on a daily basis.
Attend online – register via Eventbrite – or come in person (instructions at the top of the page). The admission / viewing fee is £3 in each case, in cash if attending in person. The event is part of a lecture series promoted by the Kew Mutual Improvement Society.
We’re expecting this lecture to be an expanded version of the fascinating talk given at the SOAS-OKCHF Workshop on Korean collections in UK institutions held last November. Expect to hear about ginseng specimens sent back home by the first British diplomats in Korea, and an unusually high-flying royal gift. I’ll definitely be there – though I’m not sure whether I’ll opt for online or in-person.