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19th-century sketchbooks and albums

Richard Johns tells us how sketchbooks recently photographed by the NMM have given us an insight into the world of the 19th-century sailor. Download this episode

Exploring in a winter wonderland

Claire Warrior reads extracts from Christmas letters by Arctic explorers and uncovers a festive season that was more enjoyable than you might think. Claire: Hello, I’m Claire Warrior, Senior Exhibitions Curator at the National Maritime Museum. How would you imagine your perfect Christmas celebration? Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,…

Jenny Gashke tells us about Edward Lear and his inspiring voyages down the Nile

Jenny Gashke,  Curator of Fine Art, reveals how Edward Lear, author of The Owl and the Pussycat was inspired by Egypt to draw its people and places. Download this episode

Jim McNeill – life as an Arctic explorer

Jude Holland talks to explorer Jim McNeill and finds out more about his experiences in the far north and his attempt to reach the centre of the Arctic Ocean. Download this episode

Letters to a lost explorer – the dispatches of Lady Jane Franklin

Claire Warrior introduces Lady Jane Franklin, wife of polar explorer John Franklin. Listen to extracts from Lady Jane’s letters, and discover more about her husband’s ill-fated expedition to find the North-West Passage. Download this episode

Jude Holland hears from the Catlin Arctic Survey

Jude Holland catches up with modern-day arctic explorer, Ann Daniels, from the Catlin Arctic Survey. Download this episode