The Gardens Trust: Joseph Banks Bicentenary Lecture
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Wednesday 8th July 2020 at 6:30pm.


Museum of Bath Architecture, Bath Preservation Trust and The Gardens Trust present: Joseph Banks Bicentenary Lecture


“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.


Museum of Bath Architecture, The Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, The Paragon, The Vineyards, Bath BA1 5NA.

Tickets: £8 including a glass of wine (or non-alcoholic alternative)


Advance booking can be made online at no extra charge using Eventbrite via the Gardens Trust website http://thegardenstrust.org .  Tickets can also be purchased from the Museum of Bath Architecture and at the door on the night. For further information, contact: Sarah Fitzgerald fitzgeraldatpen@aol.com or 01747 840895




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