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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.

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.  

Then and now 

 Monday 4 - Friday 8 December
 Collections events

‘Then and Now’ celebrates the links between the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s historic Collections and contemporary photography, and is the Society’s specially curated contribution to the HLF ‘Thank-you’ campaign this December.

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.


When the research never stops - Jacki Hill-Murphy

 Monday 8 January 2.00pm-4.00pm

 Collections event

How Jacki Hill-Murphy went from Bexhill, via Moscow, to Siberia researching her book on Kate Marsden, 19th century traveller who ventured to Siberia in search of a cure for leprosy.

Islander – a journey around our archipelago - Patrick Barkham

 Monday 8 January
 Monday night lecture

Patrick talks about his journey from sizeable small islands to ever tinier islets in search of the special quality of island life. Do small islands have big lessons for us on the mainland?

Geographic information and sustainability - Professor Andy Tatem

 Monday 15 January
 Monday night lecture

With basic geographic data lacking in many low income countries, Andy explores how cell phone and satellite technologies offer new ways to help achieve and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals.

Mapping escapes in World War II - Dr Barbara Bond

 Monday 22 January
 Monday night lecture

Barbara investigates MI9’s wartime escape and evasion mapping programme including how maps were smuggled to prisoners and how they helped orchestrate some of the most famous escapes in history.

World War II on silk

 Monday 22 January 5.30pm- 6.30pm; 7.30pm- 8.30pm (available to view pre- and post-lecture)
 Collections event

During WWII MI9’s mapping programme produced escape and evasion maps on silk and rayon. On display we have examples from the Map Collection of the RGS-IBG.

What is happening to our weather? - Dr Peter Stott

 Monday 29 January
 Monday night lecture

Devastating hurricanes, forest fires, flash floods. Vulnerable communities across the world have succumbed to all of these and more in recent months. Increasingly they are asking the question, "Is this linked to climate change?"


Is the world deglobalising? - Dr Finbarr Livesey

 Monday 5 February
 Monday night lecture

Finbarr investigates the structure of the global economy now and into the future, challenging our assumptions about global integration of things, data, people and money.

Overland journeys - Levison Wood

 Monday 12 February
 Monday night lecture

Levison talks about his latest expeditions, his early travels and his motivation. In considering the age old question of why people explore, he explains what draws him to the wilderness.

Ralph Bagnold – desert explorer, soldier, scientist - Stephen Bagnold

 Monday 12 February 2.00pm-4.00pm

 Collections event

Ralph Bagnold’s son Stephen sketches his father’s extraordinary life from three distinct perspectives and suggests how ‘the thrill of the unknown’ was a key driver in them all.

Instruments of exploration - Dr Jane Wess

 Monday 19 February 2.00pm-4.00pm

 Collections event

In its first century the RGS supplied 436 expeditions with instruments in what became a signature activity denoting support. The talk investigates some of the issues involved and how they were overcome to provide new knowledge.

Cyberspace: utopia or wild west? - Robert Hannigan

 Monday 19 February
 Monday night lecture

Technology is transforming our world at an ever increasing rate and accelerating human progress. Robert examines some of the downsides and what can be done to protect our society.

Discovering Places: Georgia

 Wednesday 21 February 7.00pm-9.00pm (Kensington Gore doors open at 6.30pm)

 Discovering Places travel evening

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

17 years in the polar regions - Ben Saunders

 Monday 26 February
 Monday night lecture

In 2014 Ben led the longest ever polar journey on foot, completing the South Pole return that defeated Scott and Shackleton. In 2017 he attempted the first solo, unsupported, and unassisted crossing of Antarctica.



700 million and counting: the growth of urban China - Professor Chris Hamnett

 Monday 5 March
 Monday night lecture

The remarkable growth of Chinese cities in the last 30 years is the biggest, and possibly the most rapid, process of urbanisation the world has ever seen. It has transformed China, its environment, and people.

Natural disaster in RGS-IBG Collections - Eugene Rae

 Monday 5 March 2.00pm-4.00pm

 Collections event

Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and famine – a look at natural disaster as represented through artefacts, books, maps and pictures in the Collections of RGS-IBG.

New Works - Natasha Kumar and Paul Vanstone

 Tuesday 6 March - Saturday 17 March 10.00am-5.00pm
    Monday to Friday Saturdays 10 and 17 March 10.00am-4.00pm
    Closed Sunday 11 and 18 March


The fifth exhibition of oils, works on paper and sculpture by one of the country’s leading British-Indian artists, Natasha Kumar, and one of its most prominent figurative sculptors in stone, Paul Vanstone.

North Korea: Common myths explained - Dr Markus Bell

 Monday 12 March
 Monday night lecture

Markus tackles the challenges posed by one of the world’s most written about and most misunderstood countries – from nuclear threat, to refugees, and the media frenzy.

Icons on ice - Rod Downie

 Monday 19 March
 Monday night lecture

Rod shares his experience in developing innovative solutions to better understand and conserve polar bears in the rapidly changing Arctic.

Geography in a changing world - Dr Rita Gardner

 Monday 26 March
 Monday night lecture

In her last lecture as Director, Rita draws on her physical geography background and experience of leading the Society to explore the place of the discipline in a rapidly changing world at home and abroad.


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