Off-site safety management - training the trainers

A one-day course for trainers with relevant previous experience in managing a wide range of visits in the UK and overseas who wish to deliver the off-site safety management course to their own groups.

Off-site safety management

A must for those involved in planned visits in the UK or overseas, this course looks at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges.

Paving the way - Chris Speight

[Postponed] Topped with its weird and wonderful limestone pavement, Malham Cove is one of the most impressive natural features in Yorkshire, so let's delve a little deeper into this wondrous landscape.

Clough Head and Wainwright - Tim Foster

Join Tim Foster and the Wainwright Society for this ascent and circuit of Clough Head,

Wilderness festival

The Society has curated a programme of talks that take you to places across the world from Cornbury Park.

Kingsweston and Blaise Castle Estates - Professor Kathryn Monk

Walk around the estate of the Grade 1 listed Kingsweston House (currently being restored) opening up new vistas. Picnic or café lunch and then onward to the adjacent Blaise Castle Estate, a SSSI and Roman Road.

Reaching for the Poles: from Phipps to Fiennes - Eugene Rae

Archivist Eugene Rae selects unique polar artefacts from the RGS-IBG Collections. 

Earth Photo: Dalby Forest

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the earth in all its diversity.

Developed jointly by Forestry England and the Society, Earth Photo aims to enable a better understanding of the world around us, focussing on five themes - people, place, nature, changing forests and climate change.

 

If at first you don’t succeed… Chris Speight

[Postponed] Join us in Kielder. With its lack of crowds, fresh countryside air, secluded waterside bays and huge tree-lined paths you really get the sense you’re the last person on Earth.

Sustainable urban transport

[Cancelled] The panel will discuss the twin imperatives to tackle urban air quality and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in our urban areas.  

Industrial archaeology of Tavistock - Andrew Thompson

[Cancelled] Morning talk focuses on Tavistock's role as a gateway to a Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, and development of Bedford Cottages and canal. Followed by an afternoon guided walk of the area.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Discovering Dolgellau: the natural and cultural history of Snowdonia - Rhys Gwynn

Join Rhys Gwynn for a botanical stroll amongst the wildflower-rich meadows of south Dolgellau. 

Brantwood fluttery event - Martin Tordoff

Examine the light traps of Brantwood for an interesting array of summer moth species.
 

Guided butterfly walk

Guided butterfly walk covering a range of habitats in the Brantwood gardens.

The Great Exhibition Road Festival

[Cancelled] The Great Exhibition Road Festival returns for a celebration of curiosity, discovery and exploration.

Climate change and you

[Cancelled] Join our panel during London Climate Action Week to discuss the risks to the UK of a world that’s three degrees warmer.

Expedition medicine training

[Cancelled] A two-day course for those departing on expeditions to remote parts of the world where medical help is not readily available.

The Rochdale Nine - Mike Redfern

[Cancelled] A 1.5 mile guided walk through Manchester along the Rochdale Canal from Piccadilly to Castlefield, discovering the history, the architecture and the personalities of the world’s first industrial city.

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

[Cancelled] A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Summer garden party

[Cancelled] A reception and dinner will be followed by live music and dancing.

Two woods on the summer solstice - Martin Haslett

Join Martin Haslett as he leads a three mile walk between two community woodlands, which both encourage wildlife and engage the local community.

Participatory geographies away weekend

[Postponed] We welcome anybody practicing or interested in collaborative research to attend. During the weekend we shall have time to share ideas and to work through challenges we’re facing; to think and write; and to walk, relax and cook together.

One man’s climb: a journey of trauma, tragedy and triumph on K2 - Adrian Hayes

Record-breaking adventurer, author and speaker, Adrian Hayes, presents the story of his attempts to climb the world’s notorious second highest mountain, and the book that arose from his journey.

Wilding the Nar Valley on the Westacre Estate - Fraser Bradbury

In this walk, guided by Fraser Bradbury, you will see the first stages of wood pasture restoration in this woodland and wetland site.

Kents Cavern and Babbacombe - Pat Wilson

[Cancelled] Based on the Discovering Britain "Coves and Cliffs" walk, starting with an underground visit to Kents Cavern.
 

Explore Loughborough

[Postponed to 2021] Explore is a one day event for anyone planning expeditions and field research overseas, with a focus on self-led student projects.

Earth photo

[Cancelled] A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and four films that document the Earth in all its diversity.

Somerset Rural Life Museum and Glastonbury Tor - Les Davies MBE

A guided visit to the Rural Life Museum followed by an ascent of Glastonbury Tor.

Day break on the Carneddau - Rob Collister

An unforgettable experience for adventurous types: join esteemed alpinist Rob Collister MBE for an overnight walk over the lesser-known Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia, to greet the morning sun. 

Why geography is crucial to understanding the sinking of the Mary Rose in 1545 - Dr Dominic Fontana

This talk explains how and why local geographical factors were crucial in influencing a battle which determined the fate of the English crown and the subsequent history of the nation.
 

It's the end of the world as we know it - Matt Winning

A comedy lecture about how we cope with climate change and what we can do about it, from the 'attractively impish' (Guardian) environmental researcher and comedian, Dr Matt Winning.

Be Inspired: Always ready for an expedition - Natalie Cox

[Cancelled] This talk recounts the extraordinary life of explorer Richard Burton, 1821-1890, as we celebrate his bicentenary.

What makes a 'successful rural community'? - David Jackman

This is an interactive workshop, part of a BSI study into how communities can be strengthened or re-built.

Rewilding - the debate continues

[Cancelled] A panel of experts and local specialists will look to move the debate forward from last year’s discussion of what rewilding meant to consider what could and perhaps should be done to facilitate rewilding in Nidderdale. 

Rock and roll - Chris Speight

[Postponed] The Tees was once a source of industry powering the people and fortunes of this area. Discover the hidden histories and find out how people have used and exploited it over time.

Nature writing book club: Dancing with bees

[Cancelled] Join us as we discuss Brigit Strawbridge Howard's passionate dive into the world of bees of all stripes.  

Members' and Fellows' show and tell

An evening of ten minute presentations, comprising maximum of 12 images, on specialist subjects or places visited near and far.

HMS Endurance in Antarctica - Rear Admiral Nick Lambert

[Cancelled] HMS Endurance in Antarctica: Nick takes a trip down memory lane with some reflections on the vitality of the marine environment.

Ernest Shackleton: the man and the myth - Stephen Scott-Fawcett

[Cancelled] Polar historian, Stephen Scott-Fawcett, talks about the myth and the reality of Sir Ernest Shackleton. 

Forbidden travel

[Cancelled] Join us for an evening of armchair travel as we transport ourselves to unusual destinations that are now off limits to tourists.
 

Finding gold - Vincent Thurkettle

Vincent Thurkettle became fascinated with searching for natural gold after studying geology. Then he met a gold prospector and never looked back.

On View: The antipodes unveiled - Eugene Rae

[Cancelled] A lavish display of material from the RGS-IBG library depicting Australia and New Zealand supported by maps, photographs, archives and artefacts.

Romantic ruins, poisonous past - Vivienne Crow

[Postponed] Whilst Gunnerside Gill looks idyllic, it hasn't always been so peaceful! Explore the lead mining history, the poisonous processes, and look at the legacy left behind by this once-deadly industry.

Mountain rescues from history

Revisit dramatic mountain rescues from the UK and abroad from the historic collections of the Mountain Heritage Trust. 

Geographical lates: 200 years of Antarctic exploration

[Cancelled] Join us for the evening to learn more about Antarctica’s unique geopolitical situation.

Next generation utilities - Adrian Hale and Richard Woodling

The evening will comprise presentations from Adrian Hale (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council) and Richard Woodling (Ordnance Survey) on mapping developments in support of infrastructure planning for 5G connectivity.

Where the animals go - Dr James Cheshire

[Cancelled] James Cheshire talks through the fascinating stories of animal behaviour, bringing broad perspective and intimate detail to our understanding of the animal kingdom.

Volcanoes and human history - Caroline Williams and Cathy Cashman

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Off-site safety management

[Cancelled] A must for those involved in planned visits in the UK or overseas, this course looks at the safety management issues involved in planning, managing and evaluating local visits, fieldtrips, residentials and exchanges.

Revolutionary ride - Lois Pryce

[Cancelled] Annual dinner and talk. Author and travel writer, Lois Pryce tells how she embarked upon a 3000 mile motorcycle ride around the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Navigating our way towards a plastic free ocean - Emily Penn

[Cancelled] Emily Penn is an ocean advocate and skipper. Having spent a decade at sea, she will share her adventures from her latest expedition 'Round the world' and her insights in developing upstream solutions.

Desert exploration for the busy professional - Dr Alan Crofts

[Cancelled] Dr Alan Crofts, an accomplished organiser of independent exploratory expeditions in desert regions, will present an entertaining summary of conducting global expeditions to desert lands.

Be Inspired: Woman with the Iceberg Eyes - Katherine Macinnes

[Cancelled] Woman with the iceberg eyes traces the fascinating story of an Edwardian lady for whom Oriana Ridge, Antarctica, is named.

RGS-IBG Postgraduate Forum Mid-Term Conference 2020

[Cancelled] A supportive and friendly event for PhD students to present their work and meet others working in related fields. This interdisciplinary event is an excellent place to get feedback on your work, network, and practice your presentation skills.

Sun, sand and survival - Kit Maxwell

[Cancelled] Join veteran desert explorer Kit Constable Maxwell for an adventure across the Algerian desert, meeting the fascinating Touareg people in their home region.

USA coast to coast to coast by Harley Davidson - Norman Harris

[Cancelled] A travelogue of Norman's solo 9000 mile ride from Philadelphia to San Francisco. 

Africa's forgotten frontiers: the Sahel - Reza Pakravan

[Cancelled] Taking the audience on a breathtaking journey across the continent, filmmaker Reza Pakravan will share stories of the tense frontiers, enduring traditions and ordinary people living where climate change has hit the hardest: the Sahel.

Unearthing hidden secrets from the ocean mud - Dr Fabienne Marret-Davies

[Cancelled] Looking into the past helps us understand our current and future situation. The talk will focus on how well-preserved palaeoceanographic indicators have helped to refine understanding of past climates, including resolving the Noah’s flood debate.

Nature and the City: Tackling the climate crisis

[Cancelled] Join our expert panel for a quick-fire debate about where we should concentrate our efforts and the impact that nature-based solutions can have to climate-proof our cities.

Negative emissions: removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - Professor Rachael James

[Cancelled] Paris Agreement goals cannot be achieved without active removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This talk presents some of the new technologies that are emerging for carbon dioxide removal.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

Talking about geography with geographers

[Cancelled] Come along and enjoy an informal evening of networking and short presentations for everyone interested in geography. Additional presenters welcome.

Dangerous neighbours: living alongside erupting volcanoes - Jenni Barclay

[Cancelled] Part of the Cardiff University School of Ocean and Environmental Sciences series on Volcanoes - all you need to know!

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.
 

Out of thin air

[Postponed until April 2021] Exhibition of new mountainscapes of Nepal and India with archival exhibition of photographs from the Society’s Collections.

Out of Thin Air film screening

[Postponed until April 2021] Private view of exhibition and first screening of Out of Thin Air documentary film by Jack Hextall.

Be Inspired: Building climate resilience from past experiences - Neil MacDonald

[Cancelled] Historical records provide valuable information detailing how past communities have responded and adapted to extreme weather events, which can inform future responses.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston, and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East skied across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole.

Polar exposure: the women's Euro-Arabian North Pole expedition - Felicity Aston

[Cancelled] Facing extreme temperatures, a constantly shifting landscape and the threat from predatory polar bears, polar scientist turned explorer, Felicity Aston and a team of ten novices from across Europe and the Middle East ski across the frozen Arctic Ocean to the North Pole. 

The killer question

[Cancelled] Join a panel of experts to discuss our understanding of outbreaks such as influenza, Ebola, Zika and Covid-19, and the role geographers play in preparing for pandemics.

The native daffodils of Snowdonia - Rob Collister

[Cancelled] Discover the native daffodils of Snowdonia National Park in full bloom in this easy stroll.

John Ruskin and the geology of the hills

[Cancelled] Exhibition about John Ruskin and the geology of the hills, displayed in the Blue Gallery.

Everest: a reconnaissance

[Closed] An exhibition of the first platinum prints to be created from the original 1921 negatives housed at the Society, including photographs by George Mallory. 

What the traveller saw: the photographs of Eric Newby

[Closed] This exhibition displays a selection of stunning photographs from Newby’s travels. Extended until 14 April 2020.

Earth Photo

A shortlist of 50 exceptional photographs and films that document the Earth in all its diversity. Developed jointly by Forestry England and the Society.