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Recent News and Forthcoming Events

The Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017: Trading Companies and Travel Literature
11-12 September 2017 Chatham Historic Docks / University of Kent

This conference brings together travel literature and trading companies by exploring how the various European companies collected, created, curated, protected and utilised material relating to travel and discovery around the world. Set in the historic environment of the University of Kent's Medway campus, the Hakluyt Society Symposium 2017 brings together senior experts and early career researchers to engage in cross-disciplinary conversation. In line with the core activity of the Hakluyt Society, the symposium will include an editorial workshop focused on editing and publishing scholarly editions of travel literature.

Registration for the Symposium is now open and may be completed here.

A registration fee of £60 applies to non-members. Hakluyt Society members may register for £30, Hakluyt Society student members attend for free. The fee includes lunch and refreshments on both days and a reception on day 1. A separate dinner ticket (£25) is available to those wishing to attend the dinner following the reception on day 1.

The full programme and logistical information is available here.

E. G. R. Taylor Lecture, 12 October 2017

The E.G.R. Taylor Lecture for 2017 will be held at the House of the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR on 12 October at 6.30 p.m. It is being organised this year by the Hakluyt Society and will be delivered by Captain M. K. Barritt RN, immediate past president. He will speak on ‘“Compassing the Vaste Globe”: Hydrographic Practitioners of the late Georgian Royal Navy’. He will examine the careers of two figures and a supporting cast, drawn from the lists in Professor Eva Taylor’s Mathematical Practitioners of Hanoverian England. He will discuss the importance of adequate education and enlightened interest, and illustrate how global warfare against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France enabled the identification of a cadre which evolved into the Royal Naval Surveying Service. This profusely illustrated lecture will describe adventures in challenging waters as the Royal Navy exercised sea control and projected power ashore.

Admission to the lecture is free and advance bookings should be made by email or telephone ( and 020 7591 3100, respectively). In addition, members of the Hakluyt Society may each book up to two places for a post-lecture supper at the RGS-IBG by telephoning the Events Office from August on 020 7591 3100, between 9.30 and 17.30, Monday to Friday. Supper will cost £30.00 for a two-course meal and coffee with two glasses of wine.

The final deadline for booking suppers will be noon on Monday 9 October, but any cancellations or changes must be made by noon on Friday 6 October. Doors will be open at 17.30 and access will be via the Kensington Gore entrance to the Royal Geographical Society. A pay bar will be open from 17.30 to 18.30.

Hakluyt Society Exhibition, Dunedin, New Zealand

From 16 June to 8 September 2017 the Special Collections department of the University of Otago Library are hosting an exhibition entitled 'Intrepid Journey. Travelling with the Hakluyt Society'. Not only does the exhibition celebrate the work of the Society, based on the library's holdings of Society publications, but it  especially recognises the contribution of Dr Esmond de Beer as president of the Society from 1972 to 1978. De Beer, who had been born in Dunedin in 1895 and would always regard the city as his first home, became a major benefactor of the University of Otago Library, the Otago Museum and Dunedin Public Art Gallery. For further information please keep an eye on this link.

To hear a 12-minute interview with Donald Kerr, Special Collections Librarian, broadcast by New Zealand Radio, please click this link.

American Friends of the Hakluyt Society revived

The American Friends are at last emerging from a long period of slumber and are marking their revival with a new website
which, it is hoped, will become 'a virtual gathering-place for maritime historical news and events'.
Please take a look at

The Hakluyt Society on Social Media

The Hakluyt Society maintains a vibrant online presence consisting of a series of interlinked platforms aimed at connecting a broad audience interested in the history of travel, exploration, and cross-cultural encounter. In line with the nature of the Society, its objectives are to forge links between academic research in the field of world history and the wider community of interested readers. Complementary to its longstanding core business of publishing high quality scholarly text editions, the Hakluyt Society’s social media channels offer new means to reach out to and expand its diverse global readership.

The Hakluyt Society blog features news stories pertaining to historical travel, exploration, and global encounters. While serving as a medium for the Society to communicate news about its publications and activities to a broad online community, it simultaneously functions as a platform for researchers to disseminate their findings beyond the confines of academia. Readers interested in publishing blog posts of around 500 words on a topic within the Society’s remit are strongly encouraged to contact the blog’s editor (see below).

Contributions and announcements are also welcomed to the Hakluyt Society Facebook page, which serves as the Society’s primary channel for the dissemination of news about conferences, exhibitions, lectures, publications, and research findings of interest to the wider Hakluyt Society community. Simply navigate to our page and click ‘like’ to start receiving updates. Finally, members and other interested readers are warmly invited to follow and interact with the Society on Twitter.

Questions, comments, suggestions and contributions for the blog can be addressed to the social media administrator, Guido van Meersbergen, at .

Updated: 15 August 2017

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