Famous explorers were often inspired by literature; none read more widely than Shackleton. Motivated and encouraged by the poets, he habitually quoted them, with phenomenal memory. Robert Browning was paramount. No explorer wrote so eloquently either – poems, magnificent expedition narratives, and sentences in the Quest diary a few hours before death.
Join guest curator of the Society’s exhibition, Dr Jan Piggott, former Keeper of Archives and Rare Books at Dulwich College, as he considers this important aspect of Shackleton’s life and career.
Marking the centenary of Shackleton's death, the exhibition explores the role of photography and literature throughout Shackleton’s career, and the influences and motivations behind Shackleton's fascination with Antarctica.
Join us online as we celebrate the 2022 award recipients.
6 June 2022
Drawing on research in Wiley Digital Archives, Catherine’s talk explores the contributions of animals to geographical knowledge and the traces they have left in the Society’s Collections.
7 February 2022
A discussion of how travel has changed in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic and what this might mean for a green recovery.
26 May 2021
James travelled to the Horn of Africa in search of a lighthouse that might not even exist. This is a journey that goes to the heart of why we wish to explore.
16 March 2016
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