People’s Library

People’s Library

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Visit the library at Kew Palace and discover more about royal life in the 18th century

Royal life at Kew

If you want to find out more about Kew Palace and royal life there in the 18th century, the people’s library is an excellent place to start.

There is an interactive video which tells you about the fabric of the house, about its refurbishment throughout the ages and about the people who have live there.

There are plans of how the royal estates at Kew became the Royal Botanic Gardens. There are also folders containing 18th and early 19th century accounts for the house and excerpts from the diaries of men and women acquainted with George III and his family, as well as information on the family itself.

There is also a specialist collection of books on the subject of royal Kew.

Library past and present

'They sit round a large table, on which are books, work, pencils and paper.' This is how Mrs Delany, botanist and friend of the family of George III, described the royal family at home. Apart from the absence of embroidery [work] and the presence of the computer, the royal family would have been perfectly at home in the people’s library.

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