"modest lectures given at the Geographical Society at Kensington Gore"
Royal Geographical Society, Kensington
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Founded in 1830 in Kensington in London, the Royal Geographical Society operated with the aim of advancing the field of geographical science.

The society has been linked with a number of famous explorers and expeditions, including the exploration of the Eygptian and Libyan deserts outlined in The English Patient.

Noted explorers linked with the society include Charles Darwin, David Livingstone, George Mallory, Ernest Shackleton and Sir Edmund Hilary.