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Historical British mining in Spitsbergen

Imaka lecture by Frigga Kruse
23 November 2011
Frigga at work in Spitsbergen
Frigga at work in Spitsbergen

In this talk, Frigga Kruse presents the current state of her PhD thesis on British mining, exploration, and geopolitics on Spitsbergen (present-day Svalbard) between the years 1904 and 1953. Frigga is an industrial archaeologist and will look at the perhaps unexpected joys of archival research in Great Britain and Norway before addressing two fieldwork seasons on the Arctic archipelago itself. The historical documents and the results of the archaeological surveys complement each other. Pencil sketches, photographs, shoe soles, and tent pegs tell the little-known story of British involvement in the Spitsbergen coal rush. They bring to light the strategies of four mining companies as they strove to gain financial and political support at home and struggled to work coal and other natural resources up north. This human story is relevant not only as an instructive example of how people formerly endeavoured to exploit the poles and other peripheries; it finds parallels in today’s international competition for oil and gas beneath the Arctic Ocean.

When 28 November 2011

What time

19.30h (after this time, the door will be closed)
Where Arctic Centre, Aweg 30, Groningen
Fee €2,- (including coffee, tea)
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