Liz Taylor

Archivist

It’s a satisfying job, not least when it comes to the moment when an archive makes its debut appearance for a reader

Working as part of the Library team as archivist to the RHS, my job is to collect, document, preserve and provide access to the Lindley Library’s rich archive collections.

These include, on the one hand, the official archive of the RHS, comprising over 200 years’ worth of historical material, and on the other, unique collected archives of individuals and organisations closely related to horticulture and gardening. It’s a satisfying job, not least when it comes to the moment when an archive makes its debut appearance for a reader in the Research Room, as a result of my work. The archives at the Lindley Library are open to all. Come and have a look.

Liz's posts and conversations

  • The Crocus King and Magician of Myddelton House

    The archive of plantsman E.A. Bowles at RHS Lindley Library offers an insight into life in the

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  • Memoirs of a Victorian gardener

    An old, worn exercise book, in very poor condition, contained the rare memoirs of a Victorian h

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  • Gardening behind barbed wire

    We celebrate the centenary of Ruhleben Horticultural Society, formed during the First World War

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  • Roy Lancaster's work is a researcher’s paradise

    This wonderful archive documents Roy's commitment to sharing his knowledge and nurturing th

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  • The perils of plant hunting

    Fascinating notebooks telling tales of plague, wild river crossings and sleepless nights in Chi

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  • Personal touches: a Jekyll garden in the making

    Recently catalogued from the Lindley Library archives: letters from Gertrude Jekyll show a soft

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  • Archives at the Lindley Library

    At the Lindley Library we hold a wonderful, treasured collection of correspondence by the emine

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