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‘Gigantic children of the sun’: Kew’s Palm House

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Keynes Library, Birkbeck, School of Arts

43 Gordon Square London

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Opened in 1848, Kew’s Palm House staged a tropical landscape just outside London. The Victorians viewed palms as the noblest of plants, far surpassing European vegetation in beauty and utility. Reconstructing a visit to the Victorian Palm House, Kate Teltscher (University of Roehampton) will explore the nineteenth-century commercial and cultural obsession with palms, in conversation with Luciana Martins (Birkbeck).

Image: Centre of the Great Palm-House at the Royal Botanic Gardens of Kew, Illustrated London News, 7 August 1852

This event is part of Birkbeck Arts Week 2018 - see the full programme here.

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