Richard who? – Introducing the Hakluyt Society

Welcome to the brand new Hakluyt Society blog!

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For a Society that has been around for nearly 170 years, introducing ourselves like a novice may in some sense seem comical; and surely for the readers of our successful series of publications it is. However for those who are new to the Society, let us start by telling something about who we are and what we do. The Hakluyt Society was founded in 1846 and has been active as a publisher ever since. In this period, we published more than 300 primary accounts of travel and exploration, most recently the two-volume Russian California 1806-1860: A History in Documents. A complete list can be found here. The Society is named after Richard Hakluyt (1552-1616), collector and editor of narratives of voyages and travels relating to English interests overseas, best known for his The Principal Navigations, Voyages and Discoveries of the English Nation. A new edition of this monumental work is currently being prepared.

Apart from its primary role as a publisher of scholarly texts, the Hakluyt Society also employs other means for the advancement of knowledge of geographical exploration and cultural encounter. It runs a free online journal, it organises and participates in symposia and conferences, and starting in 2014-2015 it will annually award the Hakluyt Society Essay Prize. Two years ago the Hakluyt Society also made its appearance in the social media space, with its Facebook and Twitter accounts which serve as primary channels for news concerning travel and exploration.

This blog will serve as a medium for communicating news and information relating to the Society’s interests which do not necessarily find their way to its website, and which cannot be compressed into a tweet. What is more, this blog will also provide a platform for guest bloggers to share stories and information related to their research in fields covered by the Society. This could take the form of a short piece about a person or event connected with one of the books published by the Society, for instance in relation to an anniversary or exhibition. Readers who are interested in contributing are warmly invited to get in touch.

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