In this lecture, Dr Kate Simpson explores the RGS-IBG’s digital library to identify the African women in the expeditions of David Livingstone, to present alternate narratives of exploration through which these women can be restored, and to reinscribe their role within the historical archival record.
For example, women such as Halima, who Livingstone called the ‘best spoke in the wheel’ of his group (1874), will be talked about. Halima exemplifies women who are noted in the records of others, who had a background role in someone else’s narrative, or are women who we now know were there but are not mentioned in the official transcripts. Livingstone’s expeditions, like many explorers, involved multiple people with various agencies and differing motivations. In assessing and engaging with digitised manuscripts, journals, diaries, letters, and notebooks, Kate looks to uncover the muted narratives of women in the record of exploration.
Featured image: Maguana - formerly David Livingstone's servant Lilly Frere, RGS Images Online, 21/01/1877.
In this talk, Isobel Williams will discuss the life and career of Sir Clements Markham, former President of the Society.
10 May 2021
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.
18 January 2021
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.
2 November 2020
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.
21 September 2020
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