RGS Exhibition On Porters

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The more cynical may wonder what took the Royal Geographic Society quite so long to recognise the colossal contribution made to exploration by the people who lived in the places the sahibs were keen to visit, but their new exhibition Hidden Histories of Exploration aims to redress the balance. From Pundits to Sherpas, the list is a long one, and the RGS have drawn on their archive of paintings, books, maps, photographs, artefacts and manuscripts to tell the story. 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.

Posted by Ed Douglas at 4.58 PM