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The Society’s annual Children’s lecture is an entertaining and educational afternoon event.

The lecture is intended for a family audience and members may apply for tickets in advance. Following the lecture, tea, squash and biscuits are served, our giant walk-on map is laid out and Geography Ambassadors run fun activities.

Previous speakers have included George McGavin, Ray Mears, Rebecca Stephens, Saba Douglas Hamilton, Iain Stewart, Michael Palin, Andy Eavis and Andy Rouse.


Freeze: adventures through the coldest weather in the world! - Felicity Aston MBE

Felicity Aston MBE

  Saturday 3 December at 2.30pm

Join us for the Society’s annual Children’s lecture. Explorer and meteorologist Felicity Aston will take you on a journey to some of the coldest corners of the planet to explain what these meteorological extremes tell us about our planet and our future. From flying weather balloons in Antarctic whiteouts and skiing in polar blizzards, to riding an icebreaker through sea-ice to the North Pole and driving across Siberia to find temperatures of -60°C, Felicity shares her most fascinating expedition stories in pursuit of the world’s coldest – and most eccentric – weather.

After the lecture, Geography Ambassadors will provide fun activities on and around our giant map and tea, coffee, and squash will be served.

About Felicity Aston MBE:

British polar explorer, expedition leader and scientist Felicity Aston first visited Antarctica in 2000. As meteorologist for British Antarctic Survey, Felicity was based at Rothera Research Station for a continuous period of two and a half years (including two consecutive winters) monitoring long-term changes in climate and the ozone layer. In 2012 she became the first woman to ski 1,744km across Antarctica alone and entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the first person to undertake the journey using only muscle power.

In recognition of Felicity's outstanding contribution to polar exploration, she was appointed MBE in the 2015 New Year's Honours and in the same year was awarded the Polar Medal for her work in the field of polar research.

Timings for the event:

  • 1.45pm Exhibition Road doors open - ticket holders may take seats in Ondaatje Theatre or visit the Giant Map in the Education Centre
  • 2.30pm-3.15pm Lecture
  • 3.15pm-3.30pm Questions from the audience
  • 3.30-4.30pm Squash, biscuits, and tea will be served in the Map Room, our giant map will be in the Education Centre, Stanfords will have a mini-shop with seasonal favourites and Geography Ambassadors will provide fun activities in the Main Hall.
  • 4.30pm Event ends and we hope all our guests (young and old) have had a lovely afternoon.

Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members (maximum five per member).

Admittance is by ticket only. The lecture is intended for ages 6-14 and all children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised throughout. Tickets are intended for members who wish to bring guests with them to the lecture.

If you’re not already a member, why not join us? Society membership is open to anyone with an interest in the world’s people, places and environments – become a member and benefit from a wide range of events and resources.

(you will be taken to the sign in/registration page of the website)

telephone+44 (0)20 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org

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