In the Wake of John Rae
A talk by Tom Muir at Stromness Town Hall
Monday 2nd April 2018, 7.30pm
We are very pleased to announce that Tom Muir will be giving a talk, In the Wake of John Rae, at Stromness Town Hall on Monday 2nd April at 7.30pm. Tom is Exhibition & Engagement Officer at Orkney Museum, and a renowned storyteller and writer.
“It was a journey that gave me a greater appreciation of the incredible feats that Dr John Rae achieved; living off the land which at times looked barren and savagely hostile. Once you began to really look you found that life clings on amongst the rocks and scree-covered slopes, although it seems hardly sufficient to support the musk ox and caribou that Rae hunted. It was a great privilege to stand and gaze at the Franklin graves on Beechey Island, to see a mother polar bear and her cubs on the sea ice and visit abandoned Hudson’s Bay Company huts.
“Joining me on this amazing voyage was the internationally-renowned artist, Dr Barbara Rae CBE, who pulled the necessary strings to get me a place on the cruise, in return for lecturing on Dr John Rae.
“This talk will be similar, but not the same, as the previous one, as I never stick to the same script. In fact, I only know of scripts as theoretical things. I never follow them, if I can help it. So, come along and follow the ups and downs of a modern day traveller as I follow in the wake of John Rae through the Arctic.”