This one-day workshop which will take place in the Economic Botany Collections at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew aims to bring together researchers from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to explore alternative theoretical and methodological approaches to working with ethnographic archives. The event will provide unique access to artefacts within the collection.
During the day participants will have the
opportunity to respond to a selection of ethnobotanic artefacts as a group,
with a discussion focusing on cross-disciplinary methodologies and these might
reveal overlooked narratives in museums and archives.
There will be creative sessions led by a group of
current practice-based PhD Technestudents whose projects use drawing, photography
and videography to represent objects in their research. By using a range of different artistic and
representative practices for recording and framing objects in the archive with
the aim of inspiring innovative new perspectives across disciplinary
Participants will also have the chance to visit
Kew’s Palm House in the afternoon, to look at and draw from some of the living species
that the artefacts in the collection derived from.