17 July 2019
King's Lynn Festival at St George's Guildhall, 1 St George's Courtyard, off King Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1EU
From £10.00 per person for RGS-IBG members, prices vary.
From the cultivation of the first crops to the founding of modern states, in this talk Professor Lewis Dartnell reveals the Earth’s impact on the shape of human civilisations, as discussed in his book, Origins: How the Earth made us.
When we talk about human history, we focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
As a species we are shaped by our environment. Geological forces drove our evolution in East Africa; mountainous terrain led to the development of democracy in Greece; and today voting behaviour in the United States follows the bed of an ancient sea. The human story is the story of these forces, from plate tectonics and climate change, to atmospheric circulation and ocean currents.
In this talk, astrobiologist and broadcaster Lewis Dartnell will tell us the ultimate origin story. We’ll journey billions of years into our planet’s distant past, where history becomes science. There we’ll see the vast web of connections that underwrites the modern world – and explore how it can help us face the challenges of the future.
Join us on an interactive group walk from Manningtree to Mistley to investigate the landscape of the 17th Century Essex witch trials. This walk has unfortunately been postponed due to severe weather warnings.
19 June 2019
Explore the fascinating geodiversity of this county wildlife site, the processes which have shaped it over time and its history of mineral extraction.
25 June 2019
When we talk about human history, we tend to focus on great leaders, mass migration and decisive wars. But how has the Earth itself determined our destiny? How has our planet made us?
17 July 2019
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