Blue Nile Expedition 50th Anniversary

In 1968 the Blue Nile Gorge in Ethiopia was said to be the last unexplored part of Africa.

It is planned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the epic descent and exploration of the Blue Nile with an event at the Royal Geographical Society in London on Tuesday 2nd October 2018. There will be a Power Point presentation by Colonel John Blashford-Snell and some expedition members and a display of equipment, including one of the boats used in the expedition.

The Daily Telegraph is helping to promote the event. Tickets will be available next year but for further details please use our contact page.


On Saturday 28th October JBS will give his lecture

“The Eighth Wonder of the World”,

the story of his early underwater exploration in Cyprus.

1800-2000 hrs, at the Grove Building in Mere, Wiltshire. 

Tickets are £10 in aid of Scientific Exploration Society. 

For details please use our contact page.





On Tuesday 13th February 2018, the Scientific Exploration Society is holding a reception and presentation at Canning House, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS, 6 to 8pm. This will celebrate the many expeditions carried out in Latin America under the banner of the Society, since the epic first crossing on the Darien Gap in 1972, to the recent successful expedition in Colombia’s Amazonas region.


The event will be introduced by His Excellency Néstor Osorio, the Colombian Ambassador and an illustrated presentation will be given by the eminent explorer Colonel John Blashford-Snell, president of the Scientific Exploration Society and Senorita Yolima Cipaguata, the Society’s representative in Latin America. An auction in aid of the Society’s work and to help the Ticuna people of Colombia Amazonas will be held and there will be drinks and canapes.

Tickets are £50 and will be available from Eventbrite.co.uk (search for events in London, choose the date of the event and select the event to purchase tickets) or from the Scientific Exploration Society.

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John Blashford-Snell, David Langlois, Ruth Le Cocq and Jennifer Ellenger will be speaking on the “Mongolian Quest”, about the 2016 Mongolian Altai Expedition for the Jersey Scientific Exploration Society at St Lawrence Parish Hall, Jersey, CI at 18.30 hrs on Friday 28th October.  Details from Kate Davis, email  kate.davis@rbc.com



 On Thursday 28 March 2013, The Scientific Exploration Society welcomed Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and over 700 members and guests to the Royal Geographical Society in London.  HRH has been a member of The SES for many years.  Colonel John Blashford-Snell gave a fascinating and entertaining lecture to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone.  John recounted Livingstone’s travels, challenges, achievements and family life in remarkable detail, with wonderful illustrations and images to capture the hardships encountered.

The evening ended with Garry Batt auctioning lots ranging from an elephant to a fabulous holiday donated by Mantis group, who kindly supported the evening.  Over £10000 was raised, and a contribution from these funds will be used towards the restoration of the Livingstone Memorial at Chitambo, Zambia. 

So many people worked so hard to ensure a successful and thoroughly enjoyable evening, and it is dangerous to name any at the risk of missing others.  But we must of course mention John and Judith Blashford-Snell, Alan Campbell, Lucy Thompson, Dave and Val Smith, Jim Masters and Mel Hyatt-Steel from The SES, Paul and Ian Gardiner from Mantis, Garry Batt from Dukes Fine Art in Dorchester and Charlie Morison and her Campbell-Bell team, the staff of the RGS and the army of volunteers who worked so hard behind the scenes.

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