Exhibitions: Oman’s natural heritage (land, nature and culture)
An introduction to Oman's geographical landscape and its people and places, focussing on desert, mountain, coastal and marine environments, and the future of field research. Curated by Alexander Maitland FRGS.
- Begins 4 March 2014 - 28 March 2014
- Open Monday to Fridays: 10.00am - 5.00pm
- Open Saturdays: 10.00am - 4.30pm
For the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), the geographical history of Oman, its landscape and people is recorded in the Society’s Collections dating back over two millennia. The Society is honoured to have been selected by the NFRCEC to deliver its prestigious exhibition on 4 – 28 March 2014.
Panel 17 - Detail showing pearl fishers, from ‘The Catalan Atlas [of 1375] dedicated to King Charles V of France’. c.1842-53 facsimile. (RGS-IBG)
The Society has a long and enduring history of collaboration with the Sultanate of Oman. In addition to the RGS-IBG Field Research Programme in the 1980s, the annual Thesiger Oman International Fellowship (supported with the kind generosity of His Majesty Qaboos bin Said Al Said, Sultan of Oman) continues an enduring relationship.
Today, the Society is the proud home to an important collection of early maps, photographs and other archival material relating to Oman, including some of the earliest photographs by the renowned explorer and financial adviser to Sultan of Muscat and Oman, Bertram Thomas (1892-1950), and lantern slides of photographs by Sir Wilfred Thesiger (1910-2003); many of these items have been included in this exhibition. In addition the Society records geographical change through the work of a range of contemporary photographers.
The exhibition has been curated by Alexander Maitland, Long-Serving Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, who has a distinguished career as an author and broadcaster and is the biographer of Sir Wilfred Thesiger who received the Society’s Founder’s Medal for his contributions to the geography of Southern Arabia.
‘Oman’s Natural Heritage (Land, Nature and Culture)’ will, for the first time in Europe, provide a comprehensive overview of Oman from earliest times to the present.
The exhibition will be open 4-28 March 2014 daily from 10.00am - 5.00pm and on Saturdays from 10.00am - 4.30pm.
The exhibition will formally open to the public on 4 March 2014 and will be marked on that day by an NFRCEC seminar: ‘The Natural Heritage of the Sultanate of Oman, past, present and future’ to be hosted at the Society. Please visit www.oman.eventbrite.co.uk for details.