Mining pioneer Ernest Mansfield and his material legacy in Svalbard

Dr. Susan Barr, Directorate for Cultural Heritage, Oslo, Norway

Ernest Mansfield (1862-1924) was one of the intriguing personalities from the Klondike period of the exploitation of mineral resources in Svalbard. His reputation has always been rather mysterious: was he an enthusiastic dreamer always hoping for the big gold find, or was he a cynical materialist who sold inflated stories of valuable finds to tempt investors to pay for worthless stock?

The presentation will show how his activities and his reputation unfolded and will conclude on the matter of his personality. It will in addition be shown how the extensive material legacy he left in Svalbard is managed today.








Ernest Mansfield
Willem Barentsz Poolinstituut

Bundeling van kennis, onderzoek en onderwijs over de Noord- en de Zuidpool

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