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Icons of exploration, Tuesday 9 May: From early Everest ascents to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, join Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Collections, for a private view of unique artefacts from the Society’s Collection of two million items.

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March


Shackleton’s Endurance: discovering our shared Antarctic heritage

 Friday 20 January – Saturday 22 April
 Exhibition (Birmingham)

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival on display in a remarkable exhibition created by the Society, curated by polar historian Meredith Hooper. The exhibition continues its tour of venues across the UK in January, with Birmingham its next destination.


New works - exhibition by Natasha Kumar and Paul Vanstone

 Tuesday 7 March – Saturday 15 April, 10.00am-5.00pm
 Exhibition

A new exhibition illustrating the essence of India. Suggesting deep permanence and timelessness captured on stone sculpture and paper, these two remarkable artists share influences to create striking contemporary works of art.


Aurora: in search of the northern lights - Dr Melanie Windridge

 Tuesday 28 March at 7.00pm
 City lecture – RGS-IBG members + one guest

Featuring some beautiful imagery, Melanie takes us on a scientific journey into Arctic lands to learn about the spectacular aurora.


Metro Mayors: next steps for devolution in England

 Thursday 30 March 2017 6.00pm–7.30pm
 Discussions and interviews

An expert panel discussion and networking reception to discuss the ambitions for and future of the ‘metro mayor’ model of governance for city regions in England. This event is organised jointly with the Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS), as part of CURDS’ 40th
anniversary programme. Chaired by Peter Hetherington (Guardian).

April


Mutiny in the 21st century - Conrad Humphreys

 Monday 3 April at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Renowned yachtsman Conrad describes his team's re-creation of one of the greatest voyages ever – Captain Bligh's 4,000 mile journey – in a replica open boat, with similar rations and traditional equipment.


Revisiting the freeing of the slaves in East Africa - Patrick Vernon OBE

 Monday 10 April 2.30pm–4.00pm
 Collections event

Based on his field research conducted between 2005 and 2010, Patrick Vernon asserts that a world history perspective is required to understand the complexity of looking at researching family history from an African context.


The journeys of young Lawrence: from Oxford to Arabia - Anthony Sattin

 Monday 10 April at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Anthony follows young T.E. Lawrence on the series of extraordinary journeys across Europe and the Middle East that transformed him from the bright but troubled second son of an Oxford-based family into Lawrence of Arabia.


Russia and Europe: what next? - John Pilkington

 Tuesday 11 April at 7.00pm
 City lecture – RGS-IBG members + one guest

Passions are running high in Ukraine and the breakaway states of the Caucasus. In 2015 John met people on both sides of the disputed borders, and shares insights from his travels.


Protecting giant manta rays in Peru - Kerstin Forsberg

 Monday 24 April at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Kerstin talks of her project to understand more about, and to protect, these extraordinary and beautiful marine creatures off the coast of Peru; working with local communities and supported by a Rolex Award for Enterprise.

May


London's air quality - Professor Frank Kelly

 Monday 8 May at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Frank discusses the nature of and trends in London's air quality in recent years, the impact of air quality on health and how public understanding of the issue is changing.


Icons of exploration

 Tuesday 9 May
 Collections private view

From early Everest ascents to the heroic age of Antarctic exploration, join Alasdair MacLeod, Head of Collections, for a private view of unique artefacts from the Society’s Collection of two million items.


Ice shelves: Antarctica's fragile frontier - Professor David Vaughan and Professor Adrian Luckman

 Monday 15 May at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

David and Adrian examine contemporary changes in these fascinating and enormous features, drawing on the latest evidence from the Larsen Ice Shelf, and exploring both the causes and implications of ice shelf decay.


Mutiny in the 21st century - Conrad Humphreys

 Wednesday 17 May at 7.00pm
 City lecture – RGS-IBG members + one guest

Renowned yachtsman Conrad describes his team's re-creation of one of the greatest voyages ever – Captain Bligh's 4,000 mile journey – in a replica open boat, with similar rations and traditional equipment.


Arctic exploration in print, or armchair travels of a map curator - Dr Philip Hatfield

 Monday 22 May 2.30pm–4.00pm
 Collections event

Explore the Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes which have captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the 16th century.


Slavery in the 21st century - Professor Kevin Bales

 Monday 22 May at 6.30pm
 RGS-IBG members + one guest

Kevin talks about the issue of slavery in the 21st century, focusing not only on human rights violations, but the link between slavery, environmental destruction and climate change.

June


Annual General Meeting, medals and awards celebration, annual reception

 Monday 5 June

Come along to our AGM day! The AGM starts at 4.30pm, followed by the medals and awards celebration at 6.15pm.


Geography in print: the Society’s journal 1830–1900 - Ben Newman

 Monday 12 June 2.30pm–4.00pm
 Collections event

Using the Society’s extensive manuscript collection, Ben will illustrate how the Society's vision for a textual record of geography was both complex to produce and difficult to circulate throughout the 19th century.


Alaska and the Pacific Northwest - Alasdair MacLeod

 Monday 19 June 2.30pm–4.00pm
 Collections event

From the Alaska Purchase of 1867 to the Klondike Gold Rush, this interpreted display sheds light on 19th century trade and exploration in the region, as seen through the Society’s Collections.


Summer garden party

 Friday 23 June

Join us for our annual summer garden party. Drinks on the terrace followed by dinner and dancing. Organised by the Younger Members’ Committee. All welcome!

July


Planet Earth II revealed - Mike Gunton and Fredi Devas

 Wednesday 5 July

Key members of the BBC team behind the landmark series take us behind the scenes of Planet Earth II to discover worlds of surprising opportunity – with animal life thriving in seemingly hostile environments.

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