In the 1920s, the Royal Geographical Society became involved in a series of efforts to climb Mount Everest, culminating in the successful summiting by Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary in 1953.
Discussions about these expeditions have often focused on British men, such as George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and on the expedition leaders. In contrast, recent research, including Hidden Histories of Exploration and work carried out by members of the Other Everests network, focuses on under-researched members of these expeditions. This resource delves into some of those forgotten stories.
These talks were given at an event on 'Recording the First Everest Expeditions', held at the RGS-IBG in November 2022. A full recording of the event can be found here.
In this talk Professor Felix Driver, a historical geographer at Royal Holloway, discusses using the Collections to study the labour forces on early Everest expeditions.
Dr Jonathan Westaway, University of Central Lancashire, discusses the Other Everests Project. His talk is titled 'Encountering the Indigenous Body in the Himalayan Borderlands.'
Atem Lemtur is a PhD student at Göttingen University. Her talk focuses on German expeditions in the inter-war period and examines the experiences and contributions of porters to these expeditions.