January 2016

January 2016 Angus McDonald
A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for January 2016

3 January, 9am-4pm

The living dale

(Guided walk, Weardale)

The valley of Weardale relied on farming and mining for over a century. Join this guided walk to find out how the decline of those industries meant the community had to turn to other methods to survive whilst still retaining their own independence.

Places: free, but advance booking required. For full details, please visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast


12 January, 6.30pm

New radiocarbon evidence and megafaunal extinctions

(Lecture, Cardiff)

Adrian Lister, Natural History Museum, describes how radiocarbon dating methods can be used to investigate the timing and causes of extinction of ice-age mammals. Part of the joint lecture series with School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Cardiff University, considering how isotope analyses have enhanced our understanding of the natural world.

For full information, please visit www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth/events


12 January, 7.30pm

Cycling to Rwanda: the journey of a lifetime

(Lecture, Norwich)

Suffolk-based travel photographer Julian Claxton recalls the highs, lows and his personal experiences of cycling 5,500 miles to Rwanda. His 2012 journey took 64 days, travelling through 14 countries.

Venue: Pierce Room, Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ. Places: £3 on the door (RGS-IBG and GA members and students free). www.rgs.org/eastanglia


14 January, 7.30pm

The Thirlmere hundreds

(Lecture, Chester)

In this lecture John Butcher will describe the incredible 100 mile Thirlmere aqueduct, which supplies over 200 million litres of water a day from the Lake District to Lancashire and Manchester using gravity. Joint event with Chester Lecture Society.

Venue: Grosvenor Museum, Grosvenor Street, Chester, CH1 2DD. Places: £5 donation on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free) www.rgs.org/cheshirenorthwales


15 January, 2.30pm

Into the unknown: tales from the great explorers

(Be Inspired, London)

Alexander Maitland will discuss the Folio Society’s new publication Into the Unknown, an impressive collection of travel accounts by well-known explorers which have been drawn from the Society’s archives. This afternoon talk will have an accompanying Collections display.

Places: £5 (RGS-IBG members free). Please telephone 020 7591 3044 or visit www.rgs.org/collectionsevents


19 January, 7pm

The earliest humans in northern Europe

(Lecture, Portsmouth)

Human ancestors were living in Britain about one million years ago, much earlier than previously believed. Professor Jim Rose will examine the landscape and climate in which they lived, why evidence of their existence should have been preserved and why it has only recently been discovered.

Venue: University of Portsmouth. RGS-IBG members and students free, book via jimrose.eventbrite.co.uk


20 January, 7.15pm

Encircling Africa: around Africa by public transport

(Lecture, York)

Ian Packham undertook the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa by public transport covering 25,000 miles through 31 nations. Hear his intriguing account of travelling through Africa. Joint event with York and District GA.

Venue: Bootham School, York, YO30 7BU. Places: £5 (RGS-IBG and GA members free). For full details, please visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast


21 January, 7pm

Tales from the Hindu Kush: personal anecdotes from Afghanistan

(Lecture, Kendal)

Through anecdotes gained working with farmers and pastoralists across Afghanistan, Anthony Fitzherbert OBE will tell a personal story of the unfolding scene from the years of Soviet occupation through the recent years of Western intervention.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL. Places: £5 on the door (RGS-IBG members free). For details, please visit www.rgs.org/northwest


26, 27 & 28 January

Safe return doubtful: Endurance retraced

(Lectures, King’s Lynn, Stamford, Exeter)

Adventurer Tim Jarvis recounts the Shackleton Epic expedition, an authentic re-enactment of Shackleton’s perilous 1916 voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia and the subsequent mountainous trek to rescue.

Venues: King’s Lynn Arts Centre (as part of the King’s Lynn Festival), Stamford Arts Centre, Exeter Phoenix. For times and booking details, please visit www.rgs.org/rtp


26 January, 4.30pm

Poverty and the environment

(Talk, Exeter)

Dr Louisa Evans, University of Exeter, discusses her investigations – from East Africa to the Pacific Islands – into how communities, highly dependent on the marine environment for food and trade, relate to and manage environmental sustainability.

Venue: Exeter College, Queen Street, Exeter, EX4 3SR. Places: £5 donation on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free). For more details, please visit www.rgs.org/southwest


27 January, 6pm

Antarctic exploration

(Exploring the archives event, Durham)

An opportunity to view a selection of items from the Society’s archives relating to Antarctic quests. The Society’s Principal Librarian will talk through the display items and their tales of triumph and failure.

Venue: The Learning Centre, Palace Green Library, Palace Green, Durham, DH1 3RN. Places: £3 on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free). Full details are available from www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast


28 January, 7pm

India’s disappearing hill railways: a photographic journey

(Lecture and reception, Belfast)

Catherine Anderson will present a history of India’s narrow-gauge hill railways illustrated by the vivid contemporary photo-archive of her late partner, photojournalist Angus McDonald, who spent several years documenting their humanity, diversity and beauty.

Free, all welcome. Venue: Queen’s University Belfast. For information, visit www.rgs.org/northernireland

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