Diana Douglas, Lynda Murray and Moira Black, Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and Marianne North Gallery Volunteers
Diana has been volunteering with the Library, Art & Archives department for over 10 years. She has worked on invaluable detailed descriptions of the Indian Miscellaneous Reports collection and is currently a dedicated transcription volunteer on the Joseph Hooker Correspondence Project. Her work on both these and other tasks, including the preservation of collections, has helped to make Kew’s collections more accessible and discoverable to both internal and external users.
Diana has volunteered over 1500 hours on a variety of different projects within Kew’s Archives. She has been a great advocate for Kew’s Archives and has assisted visiting students from Harvard University with their transcription work. Diana has persevered with the transcription of the most difficult nineteenth century handwriting that the Archives team have ever seen in the form of young Joseph Hooker’s letters home to friends and family from his travels to Antarctica and India. She has shown the greatest dedication to uncovering abbreviations and cryptic text, helping increase access to and use of this fantastic collection.
Lynda Murray and Moira Black
Lynda and Moira have given freely of their time and energy to support the work of Kew and are vocal advocates for Kew outside of the organisation. They are hard-working, positive and conscientious volunteers, striving to help identify the world’s most threatened plants.
Lynda has volunteered in Kew’s Herbarium in the Conservation Science department for nearly 9 years and has been a reliable and valuable colleague. Moira was a Kew Trustee in the past, is one of the volunteer guides, and has been a volunteer in the Herbarium since the reorganisation in 2012. She has also made an excellent contribution to Kew’s Volunteer Steering Group where she has represented the science volunteers for several years.
Lynda and Moira go in weekly, contributing to the research of the extinction risk of plant species and have done so for a total of 14 years, showing great commitment in the contribution of their time. They both are passionate about plants, conservation and RBG Kew itself.
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art & Marianne North Gallery
This exceptional team of Gallery volunteers joined in the Winter of 2016. Since then they have become the life blood of the Gallery. They have become invaluable in day to day operations and particularly throughout the incredibly busy Chihuly Reflections on Nature exhibition this summer, supporting the Gallery team in many ways; covering the busy reception including the till, acting as visitor information, stewarding the gallery, controlling the crowds, making excellent security guards, safeguarding the collection, training each other to increase knowledge, helping with condition reports/checks and with exhibition change overs. They engage with visitors about the exhibition and their knowledge is second to none. In addition to this they all care deeply about Kew and the health and wellbeing of the gallery staff.