In this talk, Isobel Williams will discuss the life and career of Sir Clements Markham, former President of the Society.
Joining the Navy at 14, Markam served in the Pacific before embarking on an Arctic expedition in search of Sir John Franklin. He subsequently left the Navy and organised the removal of cinchona trees from Peru to India to produce quinine. In the late 19th century he organised the National Antarctic expedition which took Scott and Shackleton to the frozen continent.
[In-person] 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
George’s talk will explore the fascinating collection of relief models held at the Society which represent a significant component of Stamp’s life work.
22 November 2021
This talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton whilst embracing the wider history of 19th century science.
22 March 2021
In 1874, John Forrest led an expedition on a 2,700 mile crossing of Australia’s Western Desert.
30 November 2020
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.
17 August 2020
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