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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0402 RTF
Held at: Royal Geographical Society
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Date(s): 1977-1982
Level of description: Collection level
Extent: 1 box
Name of creator(s): Fiennes | Sir | Ranulph | Twisleton-Wykeham- | b 1944 | Knight | explorer


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born, 1944; educated, Eton, Liveryman, Vintners' Company, 1960; French Parachutist Wings, 1965; Lt, Royal Scots Greys, 1966; Capt, 1968; attached 22 SAS Regiment, 1966; Sultan of Muscat's Armed Forces, 1968; Territorial and Army Volunteer Reserve, 1971; Capt, Royal Armoured Corps; leader of British expeditions: White Nile, 1969; Jostedalsbre Glacier, 1970; Headless Valley, 1971; (towards) North Pole, 1977; leader of the Trans Globe Expedition: first to journey around the world on its polar axis using surface transport only, 1979-1982; North Polar unsupported expeditions, 1986 and 1990; South Polar unsupported expedition: first crossing of the Antarctic continent and longest polar journey, 1992-1993; Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) from 1970; awarded the RGS Founder's Medal, 1984.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Sir Ranulph Fiennes relating to the Trans Globe expedition of 1979-1982 including stores book containing planned sledge loads, plans for huts and lists of stores; photographs, including of polar training camp and the expedition ship 'Benjamin Bowring'; plan of sledge loads; photocopy of personal navigation notebook; Nautical Almanac, 1980 and 1982; maps including the planning map for the North West passage, map of Arctic showing route towards North Pole on preliminary expedition in 1977, and map used for the Antarctic crossing; typescript of To the Ends of the Earth by Fiennes and press cuttings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Original order

Conditions governing access:

Accessible via The Foyle Reading Room. Free of charge for Fellows, Members and those with valid academic identification. All other users pay a charge and must bring identification in order to register on arrival.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying at the discretion of the Archivist and subject to completion of 'application for copies' form. No reproduction or publication without permission of the RGS-IBG Archivist.

Finding aids:

Box list available in the Foyle Reading Room

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated by Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Jan 1985.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Transglobe expedition newsletters, Dec 1979-Oct 1982 (incomplete set) are held by the RGS

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Prepared by Archives volunteer using existing finding aids. Revised by Sarah Drewery.
Sources: Who's Who, 2002.

Rules or conventions:
ISAD(G) ed.2, name authority NRA.

Date(s) of descriptions:
3rd December, 2001. May 2008.

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