For more than 25 years Land Rover has been supporting the Society fieldwork and expedition activities, from providing vehicles and expertise, to funding outreach and training and today providing the Land Rover Bursary.
In addition to the Bursary, Land Rover’s partnership supports Geography Outdoors: the centre supporting field research, exploration and outdoor learning. Land Rover provides financial support and the loan of a Freelander 2 TD4_e featuring Stop/Start technology for the Society to visit field centres, universities and secondary schools; supporting the Society’s work to put well-planned, safely run, quality fieldwork that benefits students’ learning and personal development at the centre of geographical education. Their funding helps run the annual ‘Explore’ weekend and subsidises delegates to attend Land Rover Off-Road Driver Safety courses.
Pole of Cold
The 2013 recipients of the Society’s Land Rover Bursary set out to chase the onset of winter to Oymyakon, the coldest inhabited place in the world, where temperatures have been recorded below -70ºC.
What does winter mean to you?
The Pole of Cold team aim to explore the social, cultural and physical implications that the season has on communities living in the most extreme climates. This will involve investigating different attitudes to winter and the different lifestyles that people have adopted to cope with the cold.
“Winter is an intriguing phenomenon and this expedition is inspired by a fascination with day-to-day life in sub-zero temperatures,” team manager Felicity Aston says. “By exchanging winter wisdom between communities, we hope to provide a fresh look at how we manage our lifestyles during the most severe weather.”
Team manager Felicity Aston is no stranger to cold environments, having skied across Antarctica, been a meteorologist for the British Antarctic Survey and traced the footsteps of Victorian traveller Kate Marsden through North-East Siberia.
Mechanic Gisli Jonsson keeps the team and Land Rover moving through the toughest of terrain. Based in Iceland, he is an expert in the designing and building of vehicles for glacial travel.
Photographer and filmmaker Manu Palomeque curates creative content from the expedition, which culminates in an exhibition at the Society. Recording images and sounds, he focuses on what winter means to communities the team encounter.
Follow Pole of Cold
Felicity, Manu and Gisli will be blogging and tweeting throughout their journey to and from the Pole of Cold.
Key Stage 4 and 5 educational resources are being developed as part of the Society’s From the Field programme.
Land Rover Bursary
Together the two organisations offer an annual Land Rover Bursary. The grant provides the loan of a Land Rover 110 Defender vehicle and a bursary of £30,000 to fund a team of people to support a geographical journey. The aim of the journey is to challenge and inspire the team’s geographical understanding of a particular environment, where the use of a 110 Defender is essential to the trip.
In working with the Society, Land Rover continues to provide four-wheel drive leadership, encouraging the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of environments and societies in a safe and responsible way.
Land Rover holds sustainability at the core of its business activity, including sponsoring partners such as RGS-IBG.
Together with sister company, Jaguar, Land Rover is investing £800m into environmental innovation which includes the development of electrification technology, and the use of lightweight material.
Carbon dioxide generated by Land Rover manufacturing activities and customer vehicle use is balanced through an industry leading offset programme run by ClimateCare.
The programme operates in the UK, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Austria and other international markets.
As one of Land Rover’s Conservation Partners, the Society is proud to be part of the company’s sustainable development policy through its Conservation and Humanitarian Projects.