Be Inspired: Shackleton’s ghost writer: are authorship standards always important? - Art Gertel

Using the historical drama of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance voyage and subsequent publications, Art Gertel will juxtapose authorship criteria between popular and scientific/medical literature.

Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

This talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton whilst embracing the wider history of 19th century science.

Be Inspired: Genealogy, geography and archives - Chandan Mahal

This talk recounts how people of Punjabi descent worked with the Society's archive to explore the places associated with their ancestral heritage.

Be Inspired: Woman with the iceberg eyes - Katherine Macinnes

From housewife to CBE and NHM collector, Woman with the Iceberg Eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady after whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.

Be Inspired: Travellers in the Great Steppe: uncovering a hidden history - Nick Fielding

In his new history of the exploration of the steppes, Nick Fielding shows that there is a hidden and far more diverse history for this vast region that is commonly known in the West.

This lecture introduces the life of travel writer and photographer Eric Newby and the times in which he lived, following the recent donation of his archives to the Society.

Be Inspired: Unarticulated narratives of women on David Livingstone’s Expeditions - Kate Simpson

Kate explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone.

In 1874, John Forrest led an expedition on a 2,700 mile crossing of Australia’s Western Desert.

A look at the background to the British attempts to climb Mount Everest in the 1920s and at the expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924. Illustrated by archives, artefacts and photographs from the Collections of the Society.

Be Inspired: Gotham rising - Jules Stewart

The iconic architecture and culture that defines New York as we know it today, from the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre. It was Gotham's defining decade.

Be Inspired: Kalli on the ship - Peter Martin

This lecture examines the circumstances surrounding the abduction of Kallihirua, a member of the Inughuit community of Northern Greenland who was visited by the crew of the Assistance during the 1850–51 Franklin Search Expedition. 

Reaching for the Poles: the South Pole - Eugene Rae

From Phipps to Fiennes: a look at some of the explorers who tried to reach the North or South Poles and some who tried to do both.

Reaching for the Poles: the North Pole - Eugene Rae

From Phipps to Fiennes: a look at some of the explorers who tried to reach the North or South Poles and some who tried to do both.

Antipodes on the page - Eugene Rae

Antipodes on the page looks at the European encounter with Australia and New Zealand from the early navigators and first colonists through to the period of inland exploration.