April 2016

April 2016 Robin Ashcroft
A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for April 2016

8 April – 11 June

Shackleton’s Endurance: discovering our shared Antarctic heritage

(Exhibition, Manchester)

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Part of the UK tour of the Society’s Enduring Eye exhibition, featuring newly digitised images of Frank Hurley and exploring ‘local hero’ connections with the expedition through talks, educational workshops, film screenings and joint Collections displays. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Venue: Manchester Central Library, St Peters Square, Manchester, M2 5PD.


11 April, 2.30pm

The world of Lord Jim: a voyage in Conrad’s Indonesia

(Be Inspired, London)

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In 1977 Wilfred Thesiger and Gavin Young sailed among the Indonesian islands which inspired Joseph Conrad's Allmayer's folly and Lord Jim. Alexander Maitland describes their adventure aboard the ketch Fiona through diaries and unpublished photographs.

Places: £5 (free to RGS-IBG members and educational users).

Telephone: 020 7591 3044
Email: [email protected]

14 April, 7pm

Exploring Ireland: 40 years of wandering and wondering

(Reception and lecture, Belfast)

Popular travel writer Michael Fewer will give an overview of the Irish countryside, covering geology, ancient road systems, maps, natural environments and Ireland’s built heritage.

Venue: School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1NN.

Places: free and open to all, please email [email protected] to book; www.rgs.org/northernireland

16 April, 10am–3pm

Underground – overground 2

(Field visit, Dent)

Matt Burke and Robin Ashcroft will reveal what is happening below your feet in the Karst landscape of the North West. Join them (above ground and aided by underground digital mapping) to investigate the cave system of Barbondale.

Places: £10 (RGS-IBG members £5). Advance booking required, for details please visit www.rgs.org/northwest

19 April, 7.30pm

A short walk home

(Lecture, Norwich)

At the end of his operational deployment with the UN in Nicosia, Cyprus, Ed Lloyd Owen decided to return home on foot. He will share the photographic record and personal accounts from his 2,800-mile journey across Europe to London through 11 countries.

Venue: Pierce Room, Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RQ.

Places: £3 on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free). For details visit www.rgs.org/eastanglia

21 April, 5.30pm

Equality, austerity, globalisation: why things aren't getting better and why we need feminism

(Tyneside geographical lecture, Newcastle)

Renowned feminist Beatrix Campbell argues for more ambitious actions against inequality and austerity. Her four decades of experience includes the neglected corners of Tyneside, and collaboration with the Southall Black Sisters. Joint event as part of Newcastle University 'Insights'.

Venue: Curtis Auditorium, Newcastle University. Places: free and open to all.


23 April, 10am–4pm

Yorkshire woodlands

(PLACE spring conference and walk, Ilkley)

Held in memory of Oliver Rackham. Speakers including Professor Melvyn Jones, Tom Lord and Tim Laurie will deliver morning talks on topics ranging from relict lime-woods to climate change and forestry; followed by an afternoon walk in Middleton Woods. Joint event with PLACE.

Venue: Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Places: £10, lunch not included. Full details available online: www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast

26 April, 4.30pm

Living with extreme weather

(Lecture, Plymouth)

Dr Ewan Woodley’s research addresses climate change, natural hazards and public understanding of risk and resilience. In this lecture, he will examine how human-induced changes in our atmosphere will affect weather systems, and how extreme weather can impact
on society.

Venue: Plymouth College, Ford Park Road, Plymouth, PL4 6RN. Places: £5 on the door (RGS-IBG members and students free). www.rgs.org/southwest

27 April, 7pm

Genghis Khan: the last journey

(Lecture, Cheltenham)

Years of fieldwork and research in northeast Mongolia on one of the greatest mysteries of archaeology might now reveal the location of the secret burial ground of the Mongol dynasty. Vito Pecchia will share his team’s findings and theories.

Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

Places: free and open to all. For full details please visit www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales

30 April 1.30pm–4.30pm

From the land, from the sea: fish, fossils and fangs

(Guided walk and boat trip, Whitby)

David Flintham will lead this field trip on foot and by boat to investigate Whitby’s past and present. Dominated by the sea, the town has a rich and varied history including whalers, smugglers, shipbuilders, great navigators and a fictional character feared the world over.

Places: £8, advance booking only. For full details please visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast

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