The Greenwich Society

Lectures & Talks


Professor Jane Harrington

Professor Jane Harrington joined the University of Greenwich as Vice-Chancellor in December 2019. She is passionate about education and about the power of partnerships to transform young people’s lives and to provide skills into the regional economy. Jane has worked in Higher Education for over 28 years and her specific interests include teaching excellence, the student experience, widening access into higher education and social mobility and improving partnership working across the business, community and university sectors.


A Fine Retreat

2021 is the 250th anniversary of Capt. James Cook’s triumphal return to England at the end of the first of his three epic voyages around the world. Few people realise that the Yorkshire-born Cook had close links, professional and personal, with Greenwich and East London. This talk explores Cook’s many connections with our neighbourhood and the impact they had on his career and life.

Dr Kevin Fewster was Director of Royal Museums Greenwich between 2007-2019 and the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney from 1989-2000. An Australian by birth Kevin has, perhaps unsurprisingly, been interested in Cook for many years. His talk draws extensively on the superb collections of Cook materials held by RMG.