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Kew Museum of Economic Botany: Distribution Events, 1847-1990

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This spreadsheet contains all recorded data on distributions or dispersals of specimens and artefacts from the Kew Museum of Economic Botany between 1847 and 1900, arranged by 'event', ie single records documenting a donation (usually with a specific date) which may include multiple items. (A second spreadsheet on Figshare, arranged by item, includes further details of individual objects and sources). The data is based on information within Kew's 'Specimens Distributed' books for the period 1881-1990, supplemented by archival data from a variety of other sources at Kew and elsewhere. The file includes data on the date of the distribution event, recipient name, institution, location and number of objects, together with links where appropriate to the relevant page of the Specimens Distributed books or Schools Letter books which have been digitised and are available on the Biodiversity Heritage Library website.


The Mobile Museum project (PI Felix Driver, CI Mark Nesbitt) was funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council ('The mobile museum: economic botany in circulation', AH/N00941X/1).


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The dataset was created by RHUL and Kew jointly.