George Mallory and the Everest expeditions of the 1920s - Eugene Rae

[Online] A look at the background to the British attempts to climb Mount Everest in the 1920s and at the expeditions of 1921, 1922 and 1924. Illustrated by archives, artefacts and photographs from the Collections of the RGS-IBG.

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

[Postponed] Learn more about Socotra, a Yemeni Island off the coasts of Arabia and Africa, which is like a fantasy film set with its pink rocks, chubby desert roses and dragon’s blood trees like giant mushrooms. 

Hilltops and Highlands: exploring the Naga Tribal Territories and Holy Lalibela

[Online] RGS-IBG 2019 Award Recipients Antonia Bolingbroke-Kent and Redzi Bernard discuss their travels in India, Myanmar and Ethiopia.

The argument for a wilder and more resilient planet - Kristine Tompkins

[Online] Kristine speaks of her personal experience working in Chile and Argentina to restore damaged ecosystems and bring back native species, and the moral imperative we all have to stand up for nature.

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. 


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

[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.


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.