Personal profile

Personal profile

Felix Driver is an historical geographer specialising in collections-based research and public engagement in the arts and humanities, including environmental humanities projects in partnership with museums, botanic gardens and visual artists. He was Principal Investigator of Mobile Museum, an AHRC research project on the mobility of biocultural collections, in collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is an Honorary Research Associate at Kew and a Fellow of the British Academy. 

Research interests

Felix Driver is PI of the Plant Humanities project, an AHRC-funded strategic initiative in collaboration with Kew Gardens, and Co-Investigator of a new AHRC project on the Oral History of the Environmental Movement in the UK in collaboration with the British Library, RGS and Friends of the Earth. He has led other research projects on collections and collecting, the visual culture of exploration, geography and empire, and imperial cities. He has co-supervised collaborative PhD studentships with the Royal Geographical Society, Kew Gardens, the British Library, the Science Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the V&A. He has worked with visual artists, including Helen Scalway and Kathy Prendergast.


Felix Driver has taught courses in historical geography, cultural geography, modern British history, Victorian Studies and imperial history. Currently he teaches a final-year option on Geography, Museums and Collections (GG3065). He also teaches in the MA in Cultural Geography (Research) and MSc in Global Futures. 


  • historical geography
  • cultural geography
  • empire
  • exploration
  • history of science
  • victorian studies
  • visual culture
  • art history
  • collections
  • humanities
  • botany
  • museums
  • heritage
  • Geohumanities
  • plant humanities

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