1 April, 7pm
Photography and exploration: art, science and encounter
Photography has shaped the image of explorers, expeditions and the worlds they discovered. James Ryan will use examples ranging from polar journeys to space missions to demonstrate how exploration photography can be both scientific research and art.
Venue: The Town Hall, Municipal Buildings, Boscawen Street, Truro, TR1 2NE. Places: RGS-IBG members free, non-members £5 on the door.
18 April, 10am
(Field visit, Bridgwater)
Countryman Les Davies and a WWT ranger will lead this visit to observe the progress on the creation of one of the UK’s largest wetland reserves, which will have a vital role in protecting the region against flooding from sea level rises.
Venue: WWT Steart Marshes Reserve Office, Steart Drove, Bridgwater, TA5 2PU. Free, but advance booking required. For full details please visit: www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales
20 April, 7.30pm
Scott of the Antarctic: from hero to villain?
Dr Max Jones will examine how and why ideas about Robert Falcon Scott as a national hero may have changed since his death in 1912. Joint event with the Society of Thirteen.
Venue: The Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD. Places: RGS-IBG members free,
non-members £5 donation requested on the door.
21 April, 7.45pm
Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Cannock Chase was designated an AONB in 1958 because of its landscape, wildlife and history. AONB officer Emma Bearman will examine the economic and recreational pressures that the area faces half a century later. Joint event with Lichfield Civic Society.
Venue: St Mary’s Centre, Market Square, Lichfield, WS13 6LA. Free and open to all, no booking necessary.
27 April, 7.30pm
Sweden: land of lakes and forests
Stephen Dawson has spent several summers in Varmland province in the mid-west of Sweden. This illustrated talk will outline his deep interest in the local culture and countryside. Joint event with Norfolk GA.
Venue: Lancaster House 6th Form Centre, Norwich High School for Girls, Newmarket Road, Norwich, NR2 2HU. Places: RGS-IBG members free, others £3 on the door.
28 April, 7.15pm
Deepwater Horizon: the Macondo oil spill: its cause, the clean-up and what we have learned
The 2012 Deepwater Horizon incident killed 11 and impacted thousands of people and the Gulf environment. Professor Mike Bowman will outline the context, causes and the challenges of drilling in deepwater settings.
Joint event with Huddersfield and Halifax GA. RGS-IBG and GA members free, others £5. For full details please visit: www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast