May 2015

Griffith Pugh Griffith Pugh Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
A selection of RGS–IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for May 2015

11 May, 9am–5.30pm

Stormy geomorphology: geomorphic contributions in an age of extremes

(Conference, London)

This one-day Environment and Society Forum conference will provide academic and end-user perspectives on the critical role geomorphology can play in helping manage landscape and human impacts of extreme events. This event is co-sponsored by the British Society for Geomorphology and Wiley.

Places: £105 (£75 for BSG or RGS-IBG members). For full information please visit

17 May, 11am–4pm

Scott free in Kenilworth

(Field visit, Kenilworth)

David and Joya Snowden will lead this historic town walk, visiting country lanes and old streets to discover evidence of how tensions between the castle and the abbey shaped a community, from 1066 to the present.

Tickets (book by 11 May): £15, includes lunch and tea. For full information please visit

19 May, 6.30pm

Impacts to the coast from storms, flooding and surges

(Lecture, Sheffield)

Tim Collins, Natural England, investigates the impacts of last winter’s severe weather on England’s coastline and discusses what this means for sites and species in the future. Joint event with Sheffield Hallam University Geography and Environment Group and Sheffield GA.

Places: free to RGS-IBG members, Sheffield GA members and SHU staff and students; others £3. For venue details, visit

20 May, 7pm

Everest first ascent: Griffith Pugh, the man who made it possible

(Lecture, Southampton)

Harriet Tuckey tells of her brilliant but eccentric father Griffith Pugh, the physiologist whose innovations revolutionised mountaineering.

Venue: Shackleton Building, University of Southampton. Places: free to RGS-IBG members and staff/students of the university; others £5 on the door.

23 May, 10am

High land home

(Guided walk, Hoylandswaine, near Barnsley)

Its position on high land, the prevailing climate and the underlying geology and soils all influenced the development of numerous industries in this small village, which also has a unique wildflower meadow SSSI. Joint event with PLACE.

Meeting point: Cooper Lane, east of Hoylandswaine, S36 7JE. Free, but advance booking is required. For full information, please visit

28 May, 7pm

Discovering People: Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE

(Interview, London)

This summer’s guest is broadcaster, actress, writer and television producer Floella Benjamin, who will share her fascinating life journey from her very early years in Trinidad through to her appointment as a life peer.

Tickets: RGS–IBG members £7, non–members £10. Book online via or telephone 020 7591 3100

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