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An Evening with Pen Hadow

Tuesday 20th November 2018

Save the date for An Evening with Pen Hadow, the second in our series of talks by influential speakers which will take place on Tuesday 20 November.

Pen is an explorer, adventurer, advocate and guide dedicated to the protection of the North Pole’s unique wildlife and floating ice-reef ecosystem. He is the only person ever to have succeeded in making a solo journey from Canada to the North Pole. It took him three attempts over 15 years to achieve this single feat at the ‘bleeding edge of exploration’. Pen made his first Arctic expedition in 1989, set up the world’s first guide service to the North Pole in 1995, and co-organised the first all-women expedition to the North Pole in 1997.

Pen is director of the 90ºNorth Unit, an independent, not-for-profit which campaigns for the creation of conservation area status for the international waters of the Arctic Ocean. In support of this work, he is also director of Arctic Mission which launched in 2017 by sailing two 50 foot yachts into the North Pole’s international waters, the first non-icebreaking vessels in history to do so. The voyage demonstrated the increasing accessibility of these waters to commercial shipping, fishing, tourism and mineral extraction and therefore the associated threats to the wildlife.

Pen’s thought-provoking talk will cover his daring expedition experiences along with the wildlife and environmental challenges of the Arctic region.

Both parents and pupils are welcome to attend. The event is free of charge but please register below if you would like to attend.

The formatting of the evening will be:

5.00pm - 6.00pm: Tea and coffee in the library

6.00pm - Talk in the Fiennes Theatre