A talk by Adam Doskey, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Royal Hotel, Stromness
Wednesday 11th July 2018, 7.30pm
Though born 25 years apart, these two explorers of the Arctic shared much in common, including medical training in Edinburgh. In 1848, Richardson and Rae led the first search for the lost Franklin Expedition, whose fate Rae discovered on a subsequent expedition. This talk focuses on Richardson, but examines the lives of the two explorers in relation to one another, through the books and documents that they left behind.
Adam Doskey is Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where one of the collections that he curates is the library of Sir John Richardson. Adam researches the reading habits of Arctic explorers and works to reconstruct their libraries from documentary evidence.
This is a joint event between the John Rae Society and Stromness Museum. The talk will be free to attend, but donations towards the work of both organisers will be welcome. There will also be a raffle!