200th Anniversary of Dr. John Rae
This year in Orkney we are celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Dr John Rae, surgeon for the Hudson's Bay Company, arctic explorer, adventurer, outdoorsman, finder of key elements that eventually became the Northwest Passage and finder-outer of the fate of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition. Victorian England couldn't take what he found out so his name was vilified and he was the only arctic explorer of his generation not to receive a knighthood.
Pah! In our eyes he will always be a hero, and Orkney has given over a whole year of events to him. Some of the staff from CNS are involved in the conference around his birthday (September), but there are loads of other things going on.
Just to whet your appetite, here's the leaflet.
You can find out more on the website http://www.johnrae200.co.uk/