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An exploration of some long-hidden stories, letters, maps and photographs about men, guns and sand.
21 May 2018
From Cook and Lapérouse to Fitzroy and Dumont d’Urville, a look at the great scientific voyages of the 18th and 19th centuries through the splendidly illustrated folios and elephant folios in our Collections.
14 May 2018
A special free screening of the British Film Institute’s restored version of South, Frank Hurley’s silent film record of the Endurance expedition, with a piano performance by John Sweeney, a specialist in accompanying silent films.
12 May 2018
John Thomson’s connection with The Royal Geographical Society spanned fifty-five years.
30 April 2018
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