Colonial collections in decolonial times - Paul Basu

[Online] Archives and collections assembled as part of colonial projects are troubling presences in our cultural and scientific institutions. Can they also play a role in repairing past injustices and building more positive relationships in the present?

Deep water: the story of a flood - Professor Hannah Cloke

[Online] Explore beneath the muddy waters of Mozambique to discover the forces that cause floods, and see how global flood forecasting is helping people cheat fate and choose their own destiny.

Living with wildlife - Dr Krithi Karanth

[Online] Krithi will explore the collapse and recovery of wildlife across India over the last two centuries, and share her insights into the development of conservation interventions in addressing human-wildlife conflicts.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[Online] Sue, an award winning travel writer specialising in Africa, takes us on a journey across the continent’s sub Saharan regions to show how vital sustainable tourism can be for the people and wildlife of these countries.

Journey of the mask - Chris Rainier

[Online] Chris Rainier has spent thirty years exploring masks of the world. Chris will explain the meaning behind mask rituals and why humans have worn masks since the dawn of civilization.

Dragon’s blood and desert roses: The island of Socotra - Hilary Bradt and Janice Booth

[Online] Hilary and Janice tell us about their visit to Socotra, a Yemeni Island off the coasts of Arabia and Africa, with its pink rocks, chubby desert roses and dragon’s blood trees like giant mushrooms.

Inclusive Excellence - Professor Wendy Larner

[Online] Professor Larner will challenge accounts of the ‘neoliberal university’ by discussing the growing recognition that research excellence takes multiple forms. She will identify the rise of ‘inclusive excellence’ and discuss the implications for universities.

Into the Abode of Death - crossing of the Empty Quarter of Arabia - Mark Evans

[Online] On February 5th 1931, British explorer Bertram Thomas became the first person to cross the largest sand desert on Earth. Hear how Mark and his Omani companions retraced Thomas’s footsteps on their own 49 day journey from Salalah to Doha.

20 years, 95 miles, 185 million years: A celebration of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site

[Online] From vast deserts, deep oceans to dinosaur-filled swamps, the Jurassic Coast is one of the world's greatest geological wonders. By showcasing the hidden clues, this extraordinary story will be revealed.

Antarctic Atlas: maps and graphics that tell the story of a continent - Dr Peter Fretwell

[Online] Leading cartographer with the British Antarctic Survey will explain the development of his latest map series that unfold new stories of Antarctica, revealing the landscape in ways never seen before.

Working with the world – the British Museum in the 21st century - Hartwig Fischer

[Online] Hartwig discusses how the British Museum collaborates with a network of individuals, institutions and communities across the globe to share their stories both at the Museum and with the world.

Burning to protect the climate - Professor Jay Mistry

[Online] Not all fires are the same. Jay will talk about how Indigenous burning practices protect biodiversity, culture and climate. Changing narratives are key to better living with fire.

Behind the line: two weeks in North Korea - Sir Michael Palin

[Online] Hear how Sir Michael and his team overcame the difficulties to make a documentary series in one of the least visited countries in the world.

Communities, conservation and sustainable travel in Africa - Sue Watt

[Postponed] An award winning travel writer specialising in Africa, takes us on a journey across the continent’s sub Saharan regions to show how vital sustainable tourism can be for the people and wildlife of these countries.

John Forrest: the British Empire and the ‘Empty Spaces’ of the World - Robert Fletcher and Tui Raven

[Online] In 1874, John Forrest led an expedition on a 2,700 mile crossing of Australia’s Western Desert. This lecture re-examines the expedition from the perspective of those through whose country it passed, and its place in British imperial history.

 

Getting to net-zero: what can nature do? - Professor Gideon Henderson

[Online] The UK’s climate change targets commit the country to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Getting there will mean some big changes to agriculture and land-use.