The images shown here seem to represent contrasting seasons – the apples showing the abundance of autumn, drawn from the Hereford Pomona, published sometime between 1876 and 1885, and the tulips which are so redolent of spring, shown in a Sutton’s Bulbs catalogue from 1952. What they have in common is that both images come from documents that are held at the Museum of English Rural Life, home to the archives of Reading University.
The Sutton’s catalogue is there in part at least because Sutton’s was originally a Reading company, founded in 1806 by John Sutton, and remaining there until relocation, under new ownership, to Devon in 1976. But by no means all the archives are local. Among the latest new residents is the archive of the Landscape Institute and these two, appealing images, give just a hint of the synergy that exists between the LI archive and MERL’s other holdings. To learn more about this exciting new chapter for the LI archive, read our news analysis feature