Firstly – sorry it has been so long since I have written a post. It has been manic here! Whilst I am trying to get through a lot of data work and disappearing off to Ireland and Cardiff (for the second time), Holly has been starting to write some website content and disappearing to Manchester (also for the second time) to take some more images of their Challenger material. The website is nearly here! Fingers crossed it should go live by the end of the month (but don’t take my word for it!).
For those interested in reading more about the Challenger expedition here are some resources you could use to help you:
The Challenger reports online
This website has been tremendously useful. It contains pretty much all of the Challenger reports, including the narratives. Brilliant for double checking specimen labels.
- The Silent Landscape: In the Wake of HMS Challenger 1872-1876 by Richard Corfield.
This book has been great to read up on the voyage – easy, informative read that takes you right the way through the voyage.
- At Sea With the Scientifics, The Challenger Letters of Joseph Matkin by Philip Rehbock.
This book gives you the voyage from a different perspective. This book is full of letters written by Joseph Matkin, the ship’s steward assistant. He takes us on his own Challenger journey.
- Notes by a Naturalist on HMS Challenger by H N Moseley.
This book is different yet again. Moseley was one of the scientists on board. Rather than concentrating on what was dredged and trawled at sea, Moseley concentrates on the actual land areas the ship anchored at. He talks about subjects such as the landscape, botany, the people they meet and the culture.
These are definitely some of the best resources on a variety of subjects to do with the HMS Challenger voyage.
Going back to talking about the project, I (Heather) will spend my last day at RAMM next Friday so it is time to say goodbye. It’s been an amazing year and I don’t want to leave! I will be staying in Exeter though – going to study an MSc in Zooarchaeology. So you never know, I could be back to write again! (Don’t worry though, a post will go out when the Challenger site goes live!)