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The Society's amazing film archive - Alasdair MacLeod and Professor Andrew Goudie

 Monday 25 September
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Introducing the Society's newly digitised film collection, and a deeper look at R.A. Bagnold's 1932 expedition – the first east-west crossing of the Libyan Desert – as captured on film.

Desert exploration

 Monday 25 September 5.30pm-6.30pm; 7.45pm-9.00pm (available to view pre- and post- lecture)
Collections event

Linked to the subject of this evening's lecture, this display showcases items from the Society's Collections linked to desert exploration and includes recently digitised film of the Libyan Desert by R.A. Bagnold.

Desert exploration

 Monday 25 September 2.30pm-4.00pm
Collections event

View original items from the Society's Collections linked to the history of desert exploration - including newly accessible films of the Libyan Desert and Yemen's Hadhramaut from the Society's digitised collection.


TAWAI: voices from the forest - Bruce Parry

 Monday 2 October
Monday night lecture - RGS+IBG members only

BAFTA award winner Bruce talks about his four-year journey among indigenous peoples across the world – from Borneo to India and the Amazon - exploring their wisdom and inner feeling of connections to nature.  

Renewable energy from the ocean - Professor AbuBakr Bahaj

 Monday 9 October
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

This talk explores the status of wave and tidal energy generation - where we are now and its potential for the future.

Compassing the vaste globe: hydrographic practitioners of the late Georgian Royal Navy Captain M. K. Barritt RN

 Thursday 12 October 6.30pm-7.30pm (Kensington Gore doors open at 5.30pm)
 Annual E.G.R. Taylor lecture

This lecture describes world wide adventures and challenges during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars which led to the creation of the Royal Naval Surveying Service. 

Brexit: causes and consequences - Professor Matthew Goodwin

 Monday 16 October
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Professor Matthew Goodwin will examine the drivers of the vote for Brexit, what it tells us about public opinion and party politics in Britain and what might happen next.

British wine tasting

 Friday 20 October  7.00pm (doors open at 6.45pm)
Wine tasting evening 

Join us to find out how and why vineyards in Britain are at record numbers. Taste a variety of wines from top producers and newcomers alike. Organised by the Younger Members’ Committee. All over 18s welcome.

Discovering Esmeralda - David Mearns

 Monday 23 October
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

The fascinating story of discovering and excavating the ship wreck of the Esmeralda, from Vasco da Gama's 1502-1503 voyage, shedding new light on Portuguese maritime trade and warfare in the Indian Ocean.

The UK's missing people - Professor Hester Parr

 Monday 30 October
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Each year more than 300,000 people are reported as missing in the UK. Hester considers where missing people go, their experiences, and the complexities of what happens after they return.

In search of fresh air - Dr Oliver Gibson

 Monday 30 October, 2.30pm-4.00pm
Collections event

This lecture explores the role of fresh air and green open space in the work of Barnardo’s children’s charity, particularly the practice of out-of-town excursions for impoverished London children.


Boissonnas in Egypt

 Friday 3 November - Thursday 30 November

Explore the intersection of photographic history and political geography through the lavish Egypte publication (1932) by Swiss photographer Fred Boissonnas and work from his unfinished project in the Sinai (1929-33). Sponsored by the Saint Catherine Foundation in collaboration with the Ligatus Research Centre of the University of the Arts London.

Post truth? - Evan Davis

 Monday 6 November
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members only

Straightforward honesty is rarely the default setting for political and business communication; Evan looks at the effect this has on the conduct of business and politics generally, and on the rise of populism in particular.

Explore: the annual expedition and field research seminar

 Friday 10 - Sunday 12 November
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members only

Explore is the Society's annual fieldwork and expedition planning weekend. With over 90 leading field scientists and explorers, make sure to book your place early to gain inspiration, advice and contacts for your own field research project or expedition.

 Affluence without abundance: the disappearing world of the Bushmen - James Suzman

 Monday 13 November
Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

A vibrant portrait of the “original affluent society”--the Bushmen of southern Africa--by the anthropologist who has spent much of the last twenty-five years documenting their encounter with modernity.

Climbing Mount Everest

 Friday 17 November 7.00pm-10.00pm (doors open at 6.00pm) 
Film screening

John Noel's 1922 film of the second attempt to summit Everest includes footage of the journey from Darjeeling to Tibet, the first film of Tibetans, and the climb itself. Accompanied by a silent film musician and followed by Q+A.

Where the animals go - Dr James Cheshire

 Monday 20 November
Monday night lectures - RGS-IBG members + one guest

From seals mapping the sea to baboons making decisions, and from birds dodging tornadoes to jaguars taking selfies. James charts the animal tracking revolution through a series of beautiful maps and graphics.          

Sir Clarmont Skrine: filming in Central Asia - Dr Jonathan Westaway

 Monday 20 November 2.30pm-4.00pm
 Collections event

Explore the world of Sir Clarmont Skrine, Society Fellow, British diplomat and talented amateur film-maker whose films held in the Society's Collection have now been digitised and made accessible online.

Discovering Places: Bolivia

 Wednesday 22 November 7.00pm-9.00pm (Kensington Gore doors open at 6.30pm)
 Discovering Places travel evening

An informative evening for first-time travellers to Bolivia. Network with exhibitors, share plans with fellow travellers and ask questions of our expert panel.

Congo's hidden peatlands - Professor Simon Lewis

 Monday 27 November
 Monday night lecture - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Beneath the swamp forests of the central Congo Basin lies an area of peat larger than England. Simon describes his recent discovery of these vast peatlands, revealing their vital role within our changing global environment.


A golden age of cave exploration - Andy Eavis, Tony Waltham, Tim Atkinson and Hazel Barton

 Monday 4 December
 Monday night lectures - RGS-IBG members + one guest

Andy and his colleagues will celebrate 50 years of British cave exploration and show how underground exploring is contributing to cutting edge science.  

Travels with the Director - Rita Gardner

 Tuesday 5 - Thursday 21 December

One of Rita’s passions outside of work is travelling independently to experience extraordinary landscapes and wildlife across the world. She shares some of her favourite places and images.

Children's lecture

 Saturday 9 December 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Children's lecture

Join us for the Society's annual Children's lecture, this year delving behind the cameras of Planet Earth II: Islands. Geography Ambassadors will provide fun activities on and around our giant floor map after the lecture and tea, coffee and squash will be served.

Istanbul: a tale of three cities - Bettany Hughes

 Monday 11 December
Monday night lecture

Istanbul has always been a place where stories and histories collide and crackle. Bettany provides a dazzling historical journey through the many incarnations of one of the world's greatest cities. 

Geography on film - Alasdair MacLeod

 Monday 11 December 2.30pm-4.00pm
Collections event

From the first flight over Everest to early film of the Aboriginal people of Australia, this is an introduction to the scope and range of the Society's newly digitised collection of over 125 geographically linked films, housed at the BFI.

Christmas quiz 

 Wednesday 13 December 7.30pm (Kensington Gore doors open at 7.00pm)
Seasonal event

Come one and all to test your general and geographical knowledge at a festive quiz organised by the Younger Members’ Committee. Prizes for the best dressed in festive attire! Maximum of five per team; all over 18s welcome.

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