Speakers: Mark Nesbit (Kew Gardens), Sonia Dhanda (Kew Gardens) and Joanna Marschner (Historic Royal Palaces)

In their roles as international research institutes, holders of historic collections, and public spaces, botanic gardens must take an active role in restitution for past injustice and current inequity. We share results from a cross-departmental initiative aimed at addressing these issues at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, focusing on history, science and collections, and public engagement.

Sonia Dhanda and Mark Nesbitt are the co-chairs of the Decolonise Kew project.

  • Sonia Dhanda (Science policy officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
  • Mark Nesbitt (Curator, Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)

Joanna Marschner, senior curator at Historic Royal Palaces, will share plans currently under discussion at HRP, whose gardens include Hampton Court, Kew Palace and Kensington Palace. 

IHR Seminar Series: History of Gardens and Landscapes