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Museum No. 1. Kew Gardens, London, UK
Camera Nikon D700 with 24-120mm Lense.
ISO 200, f/6.1, 1/200th sec, at 40mm.

Museum No. 1 Information
This stunning and glorious building is located across the lake from the biggest glass house in Kew, the Palm House.
When Sir William Hooker became Kew’s first Director in 1841, he set about persuading the administrators of the need for a museum of economic botany, demonstrating the importance of plants to mankind.

In 1846, he displayed his own personal collection of specimens of textiles, gums, dyes and timbers in a fruit store and servants’ quarters given to Kew by the Royal Family. Decimus Burton was then asked to adapt part of the building into the new Museum of Economic Botany, which opened on 20th September 1847 to instant success.

Collections grew with contributions from the Great Exhibition in 1851 and the Paris Exhibition of 1855. It soon became clear that the Museum was too small and Decimus Burton was asked to design a new Museum, twice the size, opposite the Palm House. This new 1857 Museum was called Museum No. 1, with the first renamed as Museum No. 2 – now the School of Horticulture.

The building is designed in a modest classical style, perhaps to contrast with the industrial feel of the Palm House across the Pond. The central area of the museum was a large open exhibition space, the exhibits shown in mahogany cases. Following the donation of a large collection of flower paintings by Indian artists, on permanent loan, the India Office funded an additional wing in 1881 at the rear of the building, including an elegant staircase.

The Museum has interior and exterior space in much use today by visiting parties of pupils on school projects.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 4 years ago

    Wow and wow again Don! Fantastic shot, great colours and details and a superb POV. Look at that sky with all the plane trials in it as well – really nice work mate.

  • Thanks very much for that wonderful feedback on this image Gary, always appreciated mate. Pity the planes were flying that day, it was taken before the Icelandic erruption:-) All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • neilbrown
    neilbrownover 4 years ago

    I lived 2 clicks from there in Twickers.

    Time is wierd concept. Nice take.

  • Hi Neil, I didn’t know that mate, perhaps we should meet up for a shoot one day:-) Do you get to the matches at Twickers? It’s always a great atmosphere… cheers mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 4 years ago

    Wonderful love this Don a real stunner, like how your eyes are drawn in, Brillant just has something.
    On my list of places I would love to visit.

  • Hi Karen, you’d simply adore Kew because there are so many different things to photography, in some way you’re spoilt for choice. I went there on this day in the hope of getting some great shots of the Giant Amazonian Waterlillys and was not disappointed. Put it HIGH on your list and you’ll not be disappointed either. All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Lovely view Don, nice one …

  • Hi Tom, Thanks very much for that wonderful feedback on this image mate, always appreciated. Pity the planes were flying that day, it was taken before the Icelandic erruption:-) All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Lynne Morris
    Lynne Morrisover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Don.

  • Thanks very much once again Lynne, always appreciated. All the best, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • MarianaEwa
    MarianaEwaover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot Don.

  • Hi Mariana, thanks very much for that. You are always so supportive. All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    A perfect postcard image – gorgeous

  • Hey there Chris, Thanks very much for that wonderful comment on this image my friend, always appreciated. Pity the planes were flying that day, it was taken before the Icelandic erruption:-) All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Munggo
    Munggoover 4 years ago

    Wonderful image

  • Hi Munggo, thanks so much mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • John Pitman
    John Pitmanover 4 years ago

    Lovely detail Don. Clouds also add to the scene. John

  • Hi John, Thanks very much for that wonderful feedback on this image, always appreciated mate. Pity the planes were flying that day, it was taken before the Icelandic erruption:-) but in some ways those vapour trails add something to the scene. All the best. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

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