“To promote his Majesties purpose”: Joseph Banks and his Global Botanical Projects, 1770-1820
Professor Jordan Goodman, Honorary Research Associate, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College, London
Not long after returning from the circumnavigation of HMS Endeavour in 1771, Joseph Banks met George III at St. James’s to discuss the results of this remarkable scientific voyage to the Pacific. It was the beginning of a very long friendship which lasted for more than forty years and which Banks used to help make the royal gardens at Kew the finest of their kind. Whenever an opportunity arose to influence a particular expedition, Banks, who was extremely well-connected, tailored it in many different ways to bring living plants from all over the world to Kew.
This talk to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Banks’s death will tell the story of several of these most challenging projects.
Tickets are £8 and include a glass of wine or soft drink. The online bookings portal is open for you to purchase your ticket – via The Gardens Trust website here.
Tickets can also be purchased at the door of the Museum of Bath Architecture on the night.
For further information, contact: Sarah Fitzgerald firstname.lastname@example.org or 01747 840895
Doors open at 6.30pm.
The Garden History Society was an organisation in the United Kingdom established to study garden history and to protect historic gardens. Since 2015 it became part of The Gardens Trust, having merged with the Association of Gardens Trusts.