A major new exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) which offers a new perspective on the Society's Collections, highlighting the role of local inhabitants and intermediaries in the history of exploration.


Hidden Histories of Exploration reveals the contribution of people such as Juan Tepano, Mohammed Jen Jamain, Sidi Mubarak Bombay, Nain Singh and Pedro Caripoco to the history of exploration. Find out about their role and its lasting significance, as illustrated in the paintings, books, maps photographs, artefacts and manuscripts of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

Materials from Africa, Asia, the Arctic and the Americas are respresented, with highlights including paintings by Thomas Baines, Catherine Frere's sketches of women on an African expedition, and film from the 1922 Everest expedition.

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Founded in 1830, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is a world centre for geography: supporting research, education, fieldwork & expeditions, and promoting public engagement and informed enjoyment of our world.

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The Exhibition was open between 15 October and 10 December 2009, in London at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

The Exhibition is available online and also in the form of a travelling exhibition.

A Companion Volume is also available for download.

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