16 July to 11 September
Britain from the Air
This stunning street gallery offers a different perspective of our natural and man-made landscapes. The evocative aerial photographs and informative text reveal the fascinating story of Britain’s geography and history.
On display throughout Birmingham city centre, accessible 24 hours and free to view. www.rgs.org/exhibitions
6 August, 10.30am–12.30pm
Working the land
(Guided walk, Malham)
This walk reveals the rich history of settlement and farming on Malhamdale’s spectacular limestone landscapes. Evidence of centuries of human activity includes field boundaries from prehistoric people, a Bronze Age cairn, landmarks named by early Scandinavian settlers, lynchets and terraces from medieval times, and dry stone walls and barns, marking a shift to cattle farming.
6 August, 2–4pm
Farming and philanthropy
(Guided walk, Grassington)
This picturesque walk will explore building and land use in Lower Wharfdale. Linton’s 17th century free grammar school was set up by Reverend Matthew Hewitt and the 18th century almshouse, which architecturally dominates the village, was built by successful timber merchant Richard Fountaine. As the local textile industry developed, the nearby corn mill eventually became a cotton mill.
27 August, 10am–12pm
Hunting horns and hay rakes
(Guided walk, Bainbridge)
We will delve into the history and geography of Upper Wensleydale and Bainbridge, revealing their respective pasts as a hunting forest and a foresters’ settlement. The route will take in England’s shortest river, a bridging point for Roman soldiers and a mill which was used to make hay rakes, with a turbine producing electricity for lighting.
Free. For more details please visit: www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast
27 August, 1.30–4pm
Meadows, mines, charcoal and coffins
(Guided walk, Muker)
In picturesque Swaledale, hay meadows line the valley bottom, sheep graze higher ground and dry stone walls criss-cross hillsides dotted with farmhouses. This walk looks at how human activities have influenced the River Swale, and how the grimly named Corpse Way and Coffin Stone got their names.
30 August to 2 September
Annual International Conference
More than 1,500 geographers from around the world will convene for this year’s ‘nexus thinking’-themed conference, chaired by Professor Peter Jackson, University of Sheffield. The programme includes paper and poster presentations, panel discussions, keynote lectures and workshops, as well as a training and networking symposium for postgraduates.
For further details, please visit www.rgs.org/ac2016