December 2015

December 2015 David Wilson
A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for December 2015

3 December, 4pm

British coastal art: a tool to support understanding of coastal change

(Lecture, Poole)

Coastal scientist Professor Robin McInnes will describe how paintings, drawings and prints can often represent accurate topographical views and provide snapshots of coastlines over the last 250 years to support our understanding of coastal change and help develop sustainable management.

Places: £5 (RGS-IBG members free). Venue: Bournemouth University. Please visit


3 December, 5.30pm

Decentralisation: what’s in it for the North?

(21st Century Challenges panel discussion, Newcastle)

Across the country, ‘devolution deals’ are giving regions more power over transport, housing and healthcare. But will they support local economic growth and help build a ‘Northern Powerhouse’?

Places: free. Venue: Great North Museum. Please visit


4 December, 7pm


(Film screening, London)

As part of the Society’s Shackleton centenary commemorations this screening of the BFI’s restored version of South will be accompanied by live music. Celebrated polar cameraman Doug Allan will then reflect on Frank Hurley’s achievements and provide a contemporary perspective on Antarctic photography.

Tickets: £12 (RGS-IBG members £10).

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8 December, 7pm

The call of the wild

(Lecture, Calne)

Alastair Humphreys shares his adventures large and small, from a four-year bicycle journey around the world, rowing the Atlantic Ocean and walking across the Empty Quarter desert, to a microadventure around the M25 and the excitement of sleeping on your local hill.

Venue: St Mary’s School, Calne, SN11 0DF. Places: free. For full information and booking details, please visit

9 December, 7pm

Aspects of Armageddon

(Lecture, Cheltenham)

Professor John Grattan, Aberystwyth University, explores the role of volcanic eruptions in human history and civilisation, providing some lessons for vulnerability in the 21st century from the social, cultural and environmental impacts of Icelandic volcanic eruptions.

Venue: Room TC001, School of Natural & Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 4AZ. Free and open to all. For details, please visit


14 December, 2.30pm

Art and photography in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration

(On view display, London)

From South Polar Times illustrations to the commercial use of film and photographs from early Antarctic expeditions, Society Head of Collections Alasdair MacLeod will provide an introduction to this Collections display highlighting the impact of images on audiences in the early 20th century.

Places: £5 (RGS-IBG members free).

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