18 November 2019 - 24 January 2020
Open Monday to Friday 10.00am to 5.00pm. Closed at weekends and from 21 December 2019 to 1 January 2020.
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR
Documenting and observing the world through photography has been a focus of the Society’s work since the 1880s, when John Thomson was appointed as the Society’s official ‘Instructor of Photography’. Thomson referred to the medium as ‘the absolute lights and shadows of all things seen and that are of value in expanding our knowledge of the world in which we live’.
Works featured include images by: Gertrude Bell, Carleton Watkins, Isabella Bird, Sarat Chandra Das and Eric Newby, spanning over a century of documentary photography, with contemporary relevance for research and enquiry.
This talk will introduce different examples of Indigenous maps in the Society’s collection and discuss the role these maps played in the production of geographical knowledge during the time of the British Empire.
20 January 2020
Join Alasdair MacLeod for an introduction to the Society’s photographic collection.
17 February 2020
A story of courage, compassion and endurance. In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”.
2 March 2020
David demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket held at the V&A leads to fundamental questions
on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants.
23 March 2020
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