Join us for the latest series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.
These talks are intended to kindle interest from members and non-members alike in using our rich resources for study or enjoyment. Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5 payable in advance.
Venue: Education Centre, Lowther Lodge. Pre-booking required.
To book a place:
+44 (0)20 7591 3044
An inordinate fondness for beetles: the hero’s journey of Alfred Russel Wallace - Paul Spencer Sochaczewski
Monday 29 September 2.30pm–4.00pm
Join author Paul Sochaczewski FRGS to find out why the largely self-educated young Alfred Russel Wallace ventured to the Amazon for four years and how we can explain his curious relationship with Charles Darwin.
The tribulations of Victorian Nile exploration through the eyes of Sir Samuel and Lady Baker - David Baker and Mei Trow
Monday 27 October 2.30pm–4.00pm
Join David Baker, great-great-grandson of Sir Samuel Baker, and the noted author Mei Trow, as they tell the story of these Victorian explorers’ expeditions through the diaries of their travels.
Early travellers in the Pyrenees - Alexander Maitland
Monday 10 November 2.30pm–4.00pm
Alexander Maitland describes adventurous journeys by intrepid 19th century travellers; among them Lady Fortescue, Thomas Clifton Paris and Count Henry Russell—pioneers, captivated by the romance and splendour of the High Pyrenees.
Yemen and the Hadhramaut - Alasdair MacLeod
Monday 8 December 2.30pm–4.00pm
Led by the Head of Enterprise and Resources this session profiles early travellers in the region, as represented in the Society’s Collections, and explores how their historical legacy is used today.