Dr. Philip Hatfield (British Library) - Searching for Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes like it, has captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the sixteenth century. Explorers such as Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir John Ross, Sir James Clark Ross and Dr. John Rae have scouted routes, conducted experiments and encountered diverse peoples on their journeys. In turn their work has had a profound impact on the Arctic and shaped the world around us. The history of this exploration is recorded in striking manuscripts, maps, printed books and photographs that are held in collections across the United Kingdom and Lines in the Ice: Exploring the Roof of the World is an account of this history of exploration as told through these works. This talk, then, is both an Arctic history and a story of travelling through the writing of others, beautifully illustrated by those who travelled to and lived in the Arctic.
Philip Hatfield gained his PhD in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway College, University of London. From 2011 to 2015 he was the curator for the Canadian, Caribbean and US Collections at the British Library, where he is now Lead Curator for Digital Mapping. Outside the BL, he is an Associate Fellow at the UCL Institute of the Americas and an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway College as well as being a member of the British Council for Canadian Studies. He curated the 2014 exhibition, Lines in the Ice: Seeking the Northwest Passage and has a long-standing research interest in Canadian visual history.
This event has been organised in conjunction with the Eccles Centre for North American Studies at the British Library.
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