A selection of RGS-IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for November 2016
2 November, 5.15pm
Sharks: can conservation save them from their reputation?
This fascinating illustrated talk on sharks will outline their evolutionary history, sensory system and unique characteristics. Olivia Orchart, Bristol Aquarium, will also examine how adverse media attention has affected public perception of sharks and the ways in which education, research and conservation groups work to provide a balanced and factual response.
Venue: Bath University. Places: free. www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales
2 November, 7pm
Discovering Places: Kazakhstan
(Travel evening, London)
Travel advice, inspiration and networking for those planning to visit Kazakhstan for their first time. Discuss plans and ideas over a glass of wine and put questions to our expert panel: cultural heritage specialist Dr Gai Jorayev; guidebook author Sophie Ibbotson; and journalist Nick Fielding.
Tickets: £15, RGS-IBG members £10 (includes wine and an information pack), telephone 020 7591 3100 or book online www.rgs.org/discoveringplaces
7 November, 2.30pm
Camels, cars and colonial control: the British and the Bedouin
(Be Inspired talk, London)
After the First World War, British officials were sent to the remote desert frontiers of their new Middle Eastern empire. Author and historian Dr Robert Fletcher will explore their experiences.
£5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. [email protected]; www.rgs.org/collectionsevents
8 November, 7.30pm
Wildlife conservation around the world
Kathy Gill will describe some of the conservation-focused field research projects that she has been involved in both overseas and closer to home and will introduce a new initiative to protect UK wildlife alongside some of the top conservation organisations.
Venue: Hobart Room, Assembly House, Norwich. Places: £3 on the door, RGS-IBG members and students free. www.rgs.org/eastanglia
8, 22 and 23 November
An atlas of countries that don’t exist
Acclaimed travel writer and Oxford geography don Nick Middleton takes us on an eye-opening tour of a hidden world from the pages of his latest book.
8 Nov - Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon; 22 Nov - St. George's Guildhall, King’s Lynn (as part of King's Lynn Festival); 23 Nov - Stamford Arts Centre www.rgs.org/rtp
10 November, 4.30pm
From market place to marketing place: changing places and the importance of rebranding
Dr Richard Yarwood will examine how urban and rural places are changing and consider the importance of place marketing in these transitions. Drawing on international and local examples, he will identify key themes in place marketing and consider the outcomes on people and places.
Venue: Plymstock School. Places: £5 on the door, RGS-IBG members and students free. www.rgs.org/southwest
10 November, 7pm for 7.30pm
The Lake District World Heritage Site
(Reception and lecture, Kendal)
John Hodgson, World Heritage Coordinator for the Lake District National Park, will outline the 2017 bid for UNESCO World Heritage Site status, the challenges and opportunities presented by this nomination and the potential benefits if designation is awarded.
Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus. Places: £5, RGS-IBG members free. www.rgs.org/northwest
16 November, 7pm
Unlocking the archive: Antarctic glacial change
Some of the latest scientific techniques and research from the British Antarctic Survey will be showcased as Dr Lucy Clarke explains how photogrammetry of aerial photography can be used to make accurate measurements and extend the record of glacier change on the Antarctic Peninsula.
Venue: University of Gloucestershire, Francis Close Hall Campus, Cheltenham, GL50 4HZ. Places: free. www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales
17 November, 7pm
Discovering People: Sir David Tang KBE
(Interview and Q+A, London)
Join Sir David Tang in conversation with Andrew Marr for a lively and entertaining evening as the highly successful entrepreneur and resident agony uncle for the Financial Times discusses his life, travels, philosophy, fashion, arts, etiquette and all manner of things in between.
Tickets: £10, RGS-IBG members £7, telephone 020 7591 3100 or book online www.rgs.org/discoveringpeople
18 November, 6.30pm
Future challenges for exploration and fieldwork
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Explore weekend, the launch evening will feature a selection of short talks on the contributions to field science and exploration made by past attendees, each addressing what they think the next 40 years of exploration will bring.
£5 donation on the door, free to Explore delegates. www.rgs.org/explore
19 November 1–3pm
Exploited and reclaimed
(Guided walk, Westgate, Weardale)
Join us for an insight into the area’s geology and the valley’s industrial past. Walk leader Chris Speight will describe how the dale’s mineral wealth was heavily exploited and will explore the sites where lead and iron ores were mined, processed and transported out of the valley.
Places: free, but advance booking is required. Optional pub lunch afterwards. For details visit www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast
25 November, 7.30pm
Author and keen mountaineer Robin Ashcroft will recount one of the great stories of mountain exploration: the planning and 1955 ascent of the world’s third highest mountain, Kanchenjunga in Nepal, by Joe Brown and George Band – who, at the ages of 24 and 26, respectively, were part of a British expedition led by Dr Charles Evans.
Venue: Wilmslow Guild. Places: £5 donation on the door, RGS-IBG members free. For details visit www.rgs.org/cheshireandnorthwales