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February 2015

A selection of RGS–IBG events including lectures and exhibitions around the UK for February 2015

1 February, 10.15am-12.45pm

On the Borderline led by Chris Speight

(Guided walk, Berwick-upon-Tweed)

Enjoy a guided walk around one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Europe where rule has changed between England and Scotland over 13 times. Enjoy viewpoints of the castle, walk around the walls and see medieval, Elizabethan and Tudor constructions. Optional post-walk pub lunch between Berwick and St Abbs.

Meet at Berwick railway station, Berwick-upon-Tweed, TD15 1NF. Places: free, but booking essential. www.rgs.org/yorkshirenortheast

4 February, 5.15pm

Extreme volcanic eruption: global catastrophe? by Professor Stephen Sparks

(Lecture, Bath)

Super-eruptions can be 10-100 times larger than the greatest eruption of the last 1,000 years and, apart from asteroids, could be the greatest natural hazard for global civilisation. Joint event with Bath University GULP. This is the sixth and final lecture in the ‘global sustainability’ series.

Venue: Bath University Lecture Theatre 8, West 1.1, Bath, BA2 7AY. Free to all, no booking necessary. www.rgs.org/westandsouthwales

5 February, 7.00pm (Fully booked)

Wines of the world

(Social event, London)

Organised by the Younger Members’ Committee, ‘Wines of the World’ is a chance to sample wines from around the globe guided by an expert. Informal social evening, all over-18s welcome!

Tickets: RGS-IBG members £21, non-members £25 (includes light buffet). www.rgs.org/seasonalevents 

Until 6 February, 10am-5pm

The noise of ice: Antarctica

(Exhibition, London)

The noise of ice: Antarctica offers the chance to deeply reflect about the conservation of our planet. Antarctica is key in understanding the fragile balance of our planet. This project aims to inspire people to consider what they can do to protect our environment: if you see what we might lose, you can be inspired to do everything you can to protect and preserve it. Free entry. Photographs by Enzo Barracco. www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/Exhibitions/The+noise+of+ice+Antarctica

9–13 February, 10am—5pm

Grand Alpine Tour: Land Rover Bursary Recipients 2014

(Exhibition, London)

A display of high-quality imagery and data showcasing highlights from the Grand Alpine Tour. The exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society will be the first opportunity to see some of the first results from the team. There will be a display of high-quality imagery showcasing some of the highlights from the journey as well as some of the outputs from the data. They will be using innovative techniques including 3D printing and projection to display some of their models, with the chance to ‘have-a-go’ of manipulating their data yourself and talk with team leader, Mark. www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/Exhibitions/Grand+Alpine+Tour

10 February 

North Korea on Camera

(Lecture, Norwich)

The celebrated photographer has had unprecedented journalistic access to capture an extraordinary record of life in one of the world’s most secretive states.

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

 10 February, 5.45pm

 The landgrabbers by Fred Pearce

(Lecture and Reception, Loughborough) 

Land is suddenly a scarce resource. African plains, Asian paddy fields and South American jungles are being snapped up. Who are the grabbers, and who the victims? Fred Pearce went to find out. Joint event with Loughborough University.

 Venue: LU Arts Project Space, Edward Barnsley Building, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU. Places: free, book online, www.rgs.org/midlands

12 February, 7.30pm

Iran by Michael Whelan

(Lecture, Belfast)

Michael will focus on his experiences in Iran from the revolution and the outbreak of the Iran-Iraq war to return journeys in 2006 and 2013.

Venue: Room OG-029, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen’s University Belfast, Elmwood Avenue, BT7 1NN Places: free, please email [email protected] to book. www.rgs.org/northernireland

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16–27 February, 10am–4pm

Development progress: through the people’s lens

(Exhibition, London)

In 2014, as part of the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Development Progress project, international NGO PhotoVoice led a series of participatory photography workshops in Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia, China, Peru and Nepal. Community members used photography to express their experiences of development progress across a range of areas including education, health, political voice, urban poverty, women's empowerment and water management.

The photographs give those living at the grassroots of development an active voice in telling the story of what’s working and why. They form part of a larger research initiative led by the ODI which aims to deepen the evidence based on progress in international development. www.rgs.org/WhatsOn/Exhibitions/Development+progress

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18 February, 7pm

Discovering Uzbekistan

(Travel inspiration, advice and networking, London)

Network with exhibitors, share plans with fellow travellers and ask questions of our expert panel, including Dr Nick Megoran and Bradt travel guide author Sophie Ibbotson, about the practicalities of travel to and within Uzbekistan, the politics of the country and anything else you want to know about.

Tickets: RGS-IBG members £7, non-members £12. Book online at www.rgs.org/discoveringplaces or call the Events Office by phone on 020 7591 3100.

19 February, 7pm (drinks) for 7.30pm

Baghdad: city of peace, city of blood by Justin Marozzi

(Lecture, Kendal)

The extraordinary story of one of the most turbulent cities on earth, from the glories of the Abbasid cultural, scientific and intellectual triumphs to devastating hardships including epidemics, famines, floods and bloody foreign invasions.

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


20 February, 2.30pm–4.30pm

On View: David Livingstone’s African achievements

(Showcase, London)

Introduction followed by self-guided showcase of Society artefacts. Livingstone’s association with Africa lasted 30 years. He was the first European to visit the Victoria Falls and Lake Nyassa and later he searched for the source of the Nile.

Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5. Booking essential. Book by telephone 020 7591 3044  or via email [email protected]. www.rgs.org/collectionsevents

23 February, 2.30pm–4pm

Be Inspired: From slavery to civil rights: how changing political and social geography influenced the Gibbs family of Tyntesfield

(Talk, London)

Afternoon talk related to the Society’s Collections. From Chinese indentured labour in Peru to the Civil Rights Movement championed by Nancy Cunard, David Hogg illustrates his talk with material drawn from the Society and other collections.

Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5. Book by telephone 020 7591 3044 or online www.rgs.org/collectionsevents

24 February, 7.00pm

Sailing on thin ice! By James Killingbeck

(Lecture, Tavistock)

A small scientific sailing vessel Gambo crosses the North Atlantic from Wales to West Greenland to understand the interaction of glacial and marine environments. Then Gambo and her crew support BBC’s filming Operation Iceberg.

Venue: Kelly College, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ. Places:RGS-IBG members free, non-members £5 donation on the door. www.rgs.org/southwest

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