Hakluyt Society recent news and forthcoming events

Hakluyt Society Recent News and Forthcoming Events

Hakluyt Society Recent News and Forthcoming Events

The 2021 E. G. R. Taylor Lecture

This year’s lecture, organised by the Hakluyt Society, will take place at the Royal Geographical Society at 6.30 pm on 14 October. It will be a live lecture and the speaker will be our Council colleague, Michael Brennan, speaking about ‘English Travellers to Venice, 1450–1600’. Although the lecture is free, all who wish to attend are required to book a place via the RGS website.

The RGS will not be live-streaming the event but is hoping to make a recording available afterwards on their website for those unable to attend. The RGS will not be able to provide the usual supper after the event, but it is hoping to open a cash bar before the lecture (to be confirmed).

Hakluyt Society Symposium, 10–12 November 2021

The Hakluyt Society Symposium in November, hosted by the University of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre, will take place online. The subject is ‘Decolonising Travel Studies: Sources and Approaches’.  The organizers, Dr Natalya Din-Kariuki and Dr Guido van Meersbergen, have selected the papers and put together a most interesting final programme, details of which, along with instructions for registration, will be found on the Hakluyt Society Blog. The symposium will be free to attend and open to anyone.

Festschrift volume in honour of Vice-President Will Ryan

A volume has been published to celebrate our former president, Professor Will Ryan FBA: Magic, Travels and Texts: Homage to a Scholar, Will Ryan, ed. Janet Hartley and Denis J. B. Shaw. Among 21 chapters, a section on ‘Travel, Technology and Exploration’ includes three papers by volume editors of the Hakluyt Society and one by an international representative. For details of content and how to purchase, please follow this link.

Covid-19 update

Although the British Library has reopened staff absences mean that the forwarding of post sent to our address at the library is somewhat erratic. Members are therefore encouraged to use the online credit-card system, or alternatively to use PayPal to update their subscriptions. If you need help with your username and password to log into the members’ area, please contact the office at office@hakluyt.com

Latest publication

Glen F. Dille: Spanish and Portuguese Conflict in the Spice Islands: the Loaysa Expedition to the Moluccas 1525-1535. From Book XX of The General and Natural History of the Indies by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés. A translation of thirty-one chapters of Oviedo’s History describing two little known but remarkable voyages that followed in the wake of Magellan: the first led by García Jofre de Loaysa, and the second, a relief expedition, led by Alvaro Saavedra. An Appendix includes the ‘Narrative of Andrés de Urdaneta’.


2020 Annual Lecture published

The lecture by Peter Barber, ‘From Geneva to the Rigi: British Images of Switzerland in Texts, Guidebooks and Maps, 1650-1904’ has been printed and distributed to members. Instructions for purchasing copies may be found here.

Latest Videos

The 2021 Annual Lecture, ‘The Volga: the River as Frontier’, by Professor Janet Hartley, one of the Society’s new series editors, is now available as a video. Watch the video here.

Professor Trevor Levere talks about the experiences of Henry Wemyss Feilden, naturalist in HMS Alert on the British Arctic Expedition, 1875-6, and about his own work of editing Feilden’s journal for the Hakluyt Society. Watch the video here.

Lecture by Peter Barber online

The Hakluyt Society’s Annual Lecture for 2020 was given by Peter Barber, formerly Head of Cartographic and Topographic Materials at the British Library, under the title, ‘From Geneva to the Rigi: British images of Switzerland in texts, guidebooks and maps, 1650-1904’. To find it in our new space for videos on the website, simply follow this link.


Online talk by Michael Brennan

The talk Professor Brennan was planning to give to the editorial workshop scheduled for 20 March is now available on this website by following this link. Professor Brennan’s subject is the Hakluyt Society volume he is editing on English travellers to Venice, 1450-1600. The video is best viewed at ‘full screen’.


Cook Voyages Conference Proceedings published online

The papers presented at the recent collaborative conference in Paris, ‘Captain Cook after 250 years: Re-exploring The Voyages of James Cook‘, have been published in the online journal Astrolabe, April 2020.


Other recent publications from the Hakluyt Society

Derek L. Elliott: The Voyages and Manifesto of William Fergusson, a Surgeon of the East India Company 1731-1739. The first publication of Fergusson’s diaries recalling his experiences as a young man travelling the world during his apprenticeship. They cover four voyages, one in home waters and the others to the East, calling at ports in Africa, Arabia, India, South East Asia and China.

Trevor H. Levere: The Arctic Journal of Captain Henry Wemyss Feilden, RA, the Naturalist on HMS Alert, 1875-1876. The first publication of the daily diary of Feilden, one of the two full-time naturalists on what was the first major British naval expedition to the high Arctic. 431 pages, 10 maps, 17 colour plates, 68 figures; including a 34-page Introduction, appendices, bibliography, indexes. The book is issued free of charge to Society members and was distributed in November / December 2019.

Angela Byrne: A Scientific, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour / John (Fiott) Lee in Ireland, England and Wales 1806-1807. This is a critical edition of the travel diaries and sketchbooks of Dr John Lee FRS, published for the first time. Shortly after graduating from Cambridge University, Lee set out on a seven-month walking tour through England , Wales and Ireland, visiting most of the key sites on the ‘home tour’ such as Llangollen, the lakes of Killarney, and the Wicklow Mountains, but also less visited sites such as the Blasket Islands, County Kerry. Most of the content relates to Ireland and paints a picture of Irish social, cultural and political life in the aftermath of the 1798 and 1803 rebellions, and the 1801 Act of Union. 396 pages, 6 maps, 15 illustrations. The book is issued free of charge to members and was distributed in February 2019.


Anthony Payne, ed., Hakluyt & Oxford: Essays and Exhibitions Marking the Quatercentenary of the Death of Richard Hakluyt in 1616

The contents include catalogues by Anthony Payne of the two Oxford exhibitions, at Christ Church and at the Bodleian Library, together with essays by Jim Bennett, Anthony Payne and William Poole. A5 format, viii + 104 pp., 8 colour plates.

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