May 2016

May 2016 Jason Hawkes
A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for May 2016

4 and 11 May

Shackleton: the man and the myths

(Lectures, Cheltenham & Southampton)

Commemorating the centenary of the Endurance expedition, polar historian Michael Smith reveals Sir Ernest Shackleton as a complex and charismatic man who touched greatness on the ice but struggled with home life. The Southampton talk will be accompanied by a special showcase of archive material from the Society’s Collections.

For full information, please visit and

7 May, 10am–1pm

Sales Bank Wood, an ancient semi-natural woodland

(Field visit, Lake District)

Woodland manager and conservationist Edward Mills leads this visit to Sales Bank Wood, near Oxen Park in the southern Lake District, which is likely to have been woodland since the last ice age and is now actively managed for biodiversity, education and forest produce.

Places: £5 (RGS-IBG members and students free). For full information please visit

10 May, 6.30pm

Geographies of bovine tuberculosis control: black and white, or somewhere in between?

(Lecture, Birmingham)

Dr Philip Robinson will explore the complex disease problem of bovine TB, considering the networked interactions of bovines, badgers, bacteria and agriculture from the unique perspective of being both vet and human geographer.

Venue: Birmingham and Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS. Places: £3 (RGS-IBG and BMI members free)

12 May–12 July

Britain from the Air

(Exhibition, London)

Challenge your perceptions of the UK with this exhibition of stunning aerial photographs. Britain from the Air offers an exhilarating perspective of the UK’s most thought-provoking landscapes whilst telling the story of Britain’s geography and history.

Free and open to all, please visit website for opening days and times

21 May, 10.30am–3.30pm

Salt, subsidence and science in the industrial heart of Cheshire

(Field visit, Northwich)

A guided visit to Lion Salt Works followed by a lecture by Dr Nigel Cassidy of Keele University on the geology of the local salt geography and the science behind subsidence.

Venue: Lion Salt Works, Ollershaw Lane, Marston, Northwich, CW9 6ES. Places: £10 (optional cafe lunch extra). For booking and full information please visit the website


25 May, 7pm

Russia and Europe: what next?

(Lecture, Southampton)

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. In 2015, John Pilkington met people on both sides of the disputed borders, and promises some surprising insights.

Venue: Shackleton Building, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Tickets: £10 (RGS-IBG members £5; students free). Advance booking required, please visit

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