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Be Inspired

Be Inspired

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:

telephone +44 (0)20 7591 3044
email showcase@rgs.org

Coming up:


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.


Vice-Admiral Sir George Nares: a Victorian polar explorer remembered - Jerrard Nares

Monday 26 January 2.30pm-4.00pm

A profile of Nares, the Antarctic Challenger expedition Commander (1874) who took charge of the Discovery and Alert on the British Arctic Expedition in search of the North Pole (1875).


From slavery to civil rights: how changing political and social geography influenced the Gibbs family of Tyntesfield - David Hogg

Monday 23 February 2.30pm-4.00pm

From Chinese indentured labour in Peru to the Civil Rights Movement championed by Nancy Cunard, David Hogg illustrates his talk with material drawn from the Society and other collections.


The curious case of the absent armchair: tracking the 19th century explorers who never went anywhere - Natalie Cox, University of Warwick

Monday 30 March 2.30pm-4.00pm

Are you sitting comfortably? Natalie tells the tale of the intriguing Victorian ‘armchair geographers'. Join her as she travels through text with these stationary explorers to uncover their hidden presence at the newly formed Royal Geographical Society.

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