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Roxburgh Library and Herbarium

The William Roxburgh House and Herbarium, in the Indian Botanic Garden, Howrah. The Roxburgh House was built in the newly established Indian Botanic Garden in 1793 for its first Superintendent, William Roxburgh, ‘Father of Indian Botany’ and a prominent pupil of Professor John Hope in the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE). The adjacent Herbarium building was built in the 1880s on the model of the Herbarium at Kew. The 18th century house was beautifully built on an elegant plan, with a curving stair made of solid balks of Burma teak and spectacular views from verandas overlooking the Hooghly River. Both buildings have been derelict for many years, but remain eminently capable of restoration.


A new project to establish a Centre for the “History of the Botany and Meteorology of the Indian Ocean Region” has been proposed by a network of organisations, based in the Department of Environmental History in the University of Sussex. This project is expected to be undertaken by the Botanical Survey of India with substantial funding from the Department of Environment, Forests & Climate Change in the Government of India. The Asia Scotland Trust’s role will be to contribute expertise in order to ensure that the work will be designed and executed in accordance with international good practice and that all opportunities for educational and skills training are taken.

The Asia Scotland Trust is a registered Scottish charity. Scottish Charity No. SCO45273. Companies House No. SC464144

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