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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:


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.


A letter floating in the breeze: recreating Mary Kingsley's travels in Africa - Jacki Hill-Murphy

Monday 20 April 2.30pm–4.00pm

Jacki talks about recreating the journeys of the first women explorers and about interesting letters in the archives that added to the account of Mary Kingsley in her book Adventuresses.


Letters from Asolo - Alexander Maitland

Monday 18 May 2.30pm–4.00pm

At Asolo, from 1979-82, Alexander Maitland worked with Freya Stark on two books. This fascinating experience, recorded in over 100 letters from Stark, gave Maitland unique insights of the great traveller.


Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers: Captain Scott’s marvel - Anne Strathie

Monday 8 June 2.30pm–4.00pm

A chance to meet Henry Bowers, the intrepid young explorer who circled the world under sail, explored the Irrawaddy and chased gun-runners in the Persian Gulf before reaching the South Pole in 1912.

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