11th Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture
Thursday 9 May 2019

Ben Fogle 

“To try is to risk failure. But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.”

Tickets £25
Doors & bar open at 6pm, lecture starts at 7pm
Royal Geographical Society,
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
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We’re very excited to announce that Ben Fogle, a modern day journeyman and broadcaster, will be the speaker at our eleventh Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture on Thursday 9 May at the Royal Geographic Society in London.

Ben will be sharing his many tales, from swimming with crocodiles to conquering Mount Everest, from crossing Antarctica to rowing the Atlantic Ocean, from the animals of Longleat to “New Lives in the Wild” from a year “Castaway” on an island in the Outer Hebrides, to the world stinging nettle eating championships.

If you like Ben’s TV shows then you will love this evening of inspiring storytelling and adventure from around the world.

The Trust is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. At the start of the evening’s lecture we will show the impact made in the last 30 years and provide a short update on the Trust’s valuable health and education work, started by Sir Edmund Hillary himself.

Click below to get an overview of our Education and Health programmes.

The Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture Series Background

Sir Edmund Hillary – or ‘Ed’ as he was universally known – passed away on 11 January 2008, at home in Auckland, aged 88. A huge wave of emotion swept over the people of New Zealand. Led by their Prime Minister, Helen Clark, they mourned their great Kiwi, lying in state in Holy Trinity Cathedral, with his Everest ice axe and Maori ceremonial staff atop the casket.

Here in the UK, people also paid tribute. Sir Edmund was a Knight of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry granted by Her Majesty the Queen. On a knight’s death, his personal banner is ceremonially laid down on the High Altar of St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. This was done at an extraordinarily moving ceremony on 2 April 2008, attended by the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

The following day The Himalayan Trust UK organised a special tribute at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Sir Ed’s son, Peter Hillary, spoke on ‘Growing up with Ed’. Tenzing Norgay’s son, Jamling Norgay, spoke on behalf of the Sherpa community. And there was a showing of Michael Dillon’s prize-winning film Beyond Everest, about Sir Edmund’s philanthropic work with the Sherpas. The auditorium was packed to the rafters and overflowing.

So moved were the loyal supporters and Trustees of The Himalayan Trust UK, that a decision was made to launch a series of Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lectures that would take place annually on the day of his ascent of Everest, 29 May, or as close to this day as possible, at the Royal Geographical Society. Today, this continues to be an opportunity to gather with our friends and supporters, and raise funds for the children and grandchildren of the people who made the whole great Everest adventure possible, the tough, courageous mountain people of Nepal.

Previous speakers have included Alan Hinkes OBE, Stephen Venables, Dr Mike Gill, Jan Morris, Leo Houlding, Prof David Vaughan, Dr Hugh Lewis-Jones, Doug Scott CBE, Sir Chris Bonington,  Kenton Cool and Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Attend the Event

Join friends of the Himalayan Trust UK to celebrate our 30th anniversary and eleventh Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Lecture with Ben Fogle, a modern day journeyman and broadcaster.