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February 2017

February 2017
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A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for February 2017


6 & 9 February, 7.30pm

Darwin’s adventures in the Galapagos Islands

(Lectures, Bury St Edmunds & Norwich)

Dr Mark Collins, Chairman of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, explains how Darwin made discoveries that changed our relationship with the natural world forever.

Venues: Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds; Assembly House, Norwich. Places: £3, RGS-IBG members and students free. www.rgs.org/eastanglia

20 February, 7.30pm

The Vikings of Wirral

(Lecture, Chester)

Professor Stephen Harding (University of Nottingham) will explain the impact of the Vikings’ arrival on the Wirral peninsula over 1,100 years ago and demonstrate how their legacy lives on in such ‘Viking hot spots’ with DNA surveys of old families from Wirral showing shared ancestry with Scandinavians.

Venue: Grosvenor Museum, Chester. Places: £5 (donation) on entry, RGS-IBG members free. For details visit www.rgs.org/cheshireandnorthwales

22 February, 6pm

What geography can teach us about inequality

(Lecture with reception, Portsmouth)

Danny Dorling (Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford) will present new maps of the world stretched to include all of humanity with equal prominence and consider issues such as population mobility – looking at where most people settle who have moved within Europe.

Venue: University of Portsmouth. Tickets: free (advance booking required). Book online via www.rgs.org/south

23 February, 7pm

(South) Georgia on my mind: investigating the glacial history of a sub Antarctic island

(Lecture, Taunton)

This talk by Dr Alastair Graham (University of Exeter) unravels the evidence for the growth and melting of glaciers through geological time on South Georgia, drawing on the results from several major international expeditions.

Venue: King’s College Chapel, Taunton. Places: £5 on entry, RGS-IBG members and students free. www.rgs.org/southwest

25 February, 11am

A rock and a hard place

(Discovering Britain guided trail, Newbiggin in Teesdale)

A four-mile walk along the banks of the River Tees, to enjoy the stunning scenery of high fells, rocky outcrops, the tumbling river and the landscape shaped as much by people as by nature.

Meet outside Bowlees Visitor Centre. Places: free, optional pub lunch afterwards not included. Please book in advance. www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast

25 February, 11am–3pm

Lapworth Museum of Geology

(Museum visit, Birmingham)

An opportunity to visit one of the UK’s most outstanding geological collections following the recent redevelopment project, including an introductory talk by Museum Director Dr Jonathan Clatworthy and guided tours of museum galleries and a look behind-the-scenes.

Venue: Lapworth Museum, Aston Webb A Block, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. Places: free, advance booking required. Email Susan Lupton [email protected] or visit www.rgs.org/midlands

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