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

Regional contact: Derry Corey telephone +44 (0)1752 703354 email sw@rgs.org

Coming up:


Scott’s last expedition - Mike Tarver

 Tuesday 26 September 7.00pm-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture with optional supper (Tiverton)

On Scott’s last expedition, Dr Edward Atkinson found himself the Senior Naval Officer, upon whom responsibility fell to assist those longest on the ice. But were Scott’s instructions carried out?

Venue: Ondaatje Theatre, Blundell’s School, Halberton Road, Tiverton, EX16 4DN.

Places: £5 donation on entry, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Optional meal afterwards at Tiverton Hotel, book with Alison Nelson by 13 September.

telephone 01884 855276 or 01392 877630 (for lecture queries).


From market place to marketing place - Dr Richard Yarwood, Plymouth University

 30 October (date TBC) 4.45pm-5.45pm (doors open at 4.30pm)
 Lecture (Exeter)

Drawing on international and local examples, this talk examines how urban and rural places are changing, identifies key themes in place marketing, and considers the outcomes of campaigns on people and places.

Venue: Exeter College, Queen Street, EX4 3SR. Opposite Exeter Central station, parking adjacent to the venue. 

Places: £5 donation on entry, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free.

Contact Pat Wilson in case of queries telephone 01803 311952


My family in China 1856-2017: missionnaries and a medic - Dr Peter Brinsden

 Tuesday 10 October 7.00pm-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
 Lecture with optional supper (Tavistock)

This illustrated talk is about China, as experienced by Peter and three previous generations of his family. His many visits to the country have included leading trips for medical colleagues.

Venue: Mount Kelly, Tavistock, PL19 0HZ.

Places: £5 donation on entry, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free. Optional meal afterwards in local restaurant, book with Derry Corey by 3 October (booking only required for meal after talk). One mile north of Tavistock on A386.

telephone 01752 703354


Mark Blacksell memorial lecture

 Wednesday 22 November 6.00pm
 Lecture with reception (Plymouth)

Professor Kate Brown (Exeter University) will deliver the Mark Blacksell memorial lecture on 'Exploring everyday forms of resilience: resistance, rootedness, and resourcefulness'.

Venue: Devonport Lecture Theatre, Plymouth University, Portland Square, PL4 8AA.

Places: Free and open to all.

Contact Derry Corey/Richard Yarwood telephone 01752 585983


Monitoring coastal changes in the South West - Cristina Corti, Coastal Process Scientist, Plymouth Coastal Observatory

 Thursday 16 November 4.30pm-5.30pm (doors open at 4.00pm)
 Lecture (Plymouth)

Hear how Plymouth Coastal Observatory scientists use cutting-edge measurement techniques to understand changes along some of the UK’s most dynamic coastlines.

Venue: Plymstock School, Church Road, Plymstock, Plymouth, PL9 9AZ. South of the A379 at Grid Ref: 516537

Places: £5 donation on entry, RGS-IBG members (and one guest) and students free.

Contact Pat Wilson in case of queries telephone 01803 311952

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