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Unless stated otherwise, events in this region are organised by the Society’s North West Regional Committee.

Regional Chair: Tim Foster telephone +44 (0)1768 779601 email nw@rgs.org

Coming up:


Geographers connect

 Thursday 22 September 7.00pm–9.00pm
 Social (Kendal)

Calling all geographers, this is your chance to meet others who share your interest. An informal evening to network and connect. Bring three geographical photos to show and vote for the most inspiring!

Venue: Warehouse Cafe, Brewery Arts Centre, 122 Highgate, Kendal, LA9 4HW.

Places: free, cash bar and light refreshments available. Bring photos on memory stick or email in advance. Contact Mike Cambray telephone 07736 246671


Norman Nicholson: a geologist's poet - Professor W. Brian Whalley

 Thursday 29 September at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Coniston)

Norman Nicholson revealed a passion for geology in his work. In this informative lecture, Professor Whalley will explore Nicholson’s use of geology in his writing.

Venue: Brantwood, East of the Lake, Coniston, LA21 8AD.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members free. Pre-lecture dinner available from 5.30pm. Contact Brantwood telephone 01539 441396


An atlas of countries that don’t exist - Nick Middleton

 Sunday 2 October at 7.30pm
 Regional Theatres Programme (Keswick)

Nick takes us on an eye-opening tour of a hidden world of wannabe and might-have-been countries that inhabit a realm of shifting borders, idealistic leaders and forgotten peoples.

Venue: Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.

Places: prices vary, visit the venue website for details and to book. Please telephone and quote RGS-IBG membership number to book up to two tickets at discounted rate of £9.50 each telephone 017687 74411


Annual regional dinner - Nicholas Crane

 Thursday 6 October at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–10.30pm
 Dinner (Windermere)

A special evening with Nicholas Crane, RGS-IBG President, to celebrate 25 years of the Society's North West region.

Venue: Merewood Country House Hotel, Windermere, LA23 1LH.

Places: RGS-IBG members (and guests) £33 each, includes three-course meal and glass of wine. Cash bar available. A special overnight rate at Merewood is also available for attendees. Contact Jonathan Stevens, 54 Gillinggate, Kendal, LA9 4JB telephone 07583 084361 


William Speirs Bruce: a less well remembered polar explorer - Dr Isobel Williams

 Thursday 27 October at 6.30pm (drinks) for 7.00pm–8.00pm
 Lecture (Ambleside)

Bruce was one of the most experienced polar explorers of the Heroic Age. His success was without drama and he disliked publicity. Isobel re-evaluates the contributions of this remarkable man. Joint event with University of Cumbria.

Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria (Ambleside Campus), Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB.

Places: free, please email Chris Loynes or call Hokey Bennett-Jones telephone 07733 021228.


The Lake District World Heritage Site - John Hodgson

 Thursday 10 November at 7.00pm (drinks) for 7.30pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Kendal)

What is the case for the Lake District National Park to become a World Heritage Site? John Hodgson will outline the case for designation, the challenges and opportunities this presents and the potential benefits of its success.

Venue: The Box, Kendal College Media and Arts Campus, Beezon Road, Kendal, LA9 6EL.

Places: £5 on the door, RGS-IBG members free.


Extreme sports: beyond risk and thrills - Dr Eric Brymer

 Thursday 17 November 7.00pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Ambleside)

After a glimpse into the background behind this research project on extreme sports, wellbeing and nature, the spectacular film Transcendence will be presented (film trailer available online). This will be followed by a discussion. Joint event with University of Cumbria.

Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria (Ambleside Campus), Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB.

Places: free, please contact Chris Loynes.


Beyond Napes Needle: an introduction to the real Haskett Smith - Frank Grant

 Thursday 1 December 7.00pm–9.00pm
 Lecture (Ambleside)

Haskett Smith: the climbing barrister, genealogist, philologist, etymologist, antiquarian and prolific writer. Expect untold stories including skeletons in family cupboards; serious illness; and personality disorder. Joint event with University of Cumbria.

Venue: Percival Lecture Theatre, University of Cumbria (Ambleside Campus), Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9BB.

Places: free, please contact Chris Loynes.


Flooding: national problem, local solutions?

 Saturday 3 December 3.00pm–6.30pm
 21st Century Challenges panel discussion (Penrith)

In the face of increasing flood risk, people are coming together and using local knowledge to build resilience. Can communities learn from each other? Can Cumbria’s experience help develop a national flood plan? This event is part of the 21st Century Challenges series.

Venue: Rheged Centre, Redhills, Penrith, CA11 0DQ

Places: £15, RGS-IBG members £12.50, includes buffet meal. Contact Rheged (10.00am–5.00pm) telephone 017688 68000

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