Sir Joseph Banks will be the subject of a talk by historian Professor Anna Agnarsdóttir from the University of Iceland in the Wren Library at Lincoln Cathedral at 3 pm on Thursday 28th April 2016. Banks was not only the Lincolnshire botanist who sailed with Captain Cook on the Endeavour, but who also led the first British scientific expedition to Iceland in 1772.
The lecture will focus upon the manuscripts preserved in the British Library, which illustrate how Sir Joseph acted as a powerful protector of the Icelandic people during the Napoleonic period.
Professor Agnarsdóttir said: “A great many letters relate to trade and the difficulties experienced by both British and Iceland merchants. These documents are important sources not only for Icelandic history but also for Georgian Britain during the Napoleonic Wars.”
After the talk, Canon Dr Mark Hocknull, Chancellor of the Cathedral, and a Visiting Senior Fellow in College of Arts at the University of Lincoln, will lead a tour of ‘Banks’ Walk’ in Lincoln Cathedral.
The event is co sponsored by the University of Lincoln, Lincoln Cathedral, and the Hakluyt Society (www.hakluyt.com<http://www.hakluyt.com/>) as part of a programme to mark the publication of Professor Agnarsdóttir’s Sir Joseph Banks: Iceland and the North Atlantic, 1772-1820: Journals, Letters and Documents.
The event is open to the public though attendees must register with Mrs Julie Taylor at [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Dr Anna Marie Roos FLS FSA
Reader, School of History and Heritage
University of Lincoln
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