Herbert Ponting and telephoto apparatus
The Society is pleased to be taking part in National Lottery Open Week, an annual celebration of the contribution National Lottery players make every week in support of good cause projects, just like ours.
As custodians of over two million documents, maps, photographs, paintings, periodicals, artefacts and books, the Society’s Collections provide an unparalleled resource tracing 500 years of geographical discovery and research. Since 2004, funding from the National Lottery has enabled us to preserve these items for the benefit of future generations, provide public access to our materials and promote Collections-related educational resources and events for schools and life-long learners.
To thank National Lottery players for their support, we are pleased to showcase a curated selection of our Collections during National Lottery Open Week. Between 5-13 June, a free digital talk exploring Antarctic photography from the ‘Heroic Age’ will be available to everyone, everywhere, and on Wednesday 9 June, an in-person talk and viewing led by the Society’s Head of Enterprise and Resources, Alasdair MacLeod, will be held at the Society (this event must be pre-booked).
The National Lottery supports good cause projects in the arts, education, environment, health, heritage, sport and community. Over the past 26 years, National Lottery players have raised more than £42 billion for projects which are making a huge difference to lives of people and communities throughout the whole of the UK.
Visit www.NationalLotteryOpenWeek.com to find out more.
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Nigel Clifford was recently elected unopposed as the Society’s next President. We caught up with him before he takes office on Monday 7 June to find out more about him and his life in geography.
Despite the significant challenges and obstacles to fieldwork during the past 12 months, a small number of researchers funded by our grants programme have been able to go into the field, with adaptations to allow their work to continue in a safe and responsible manner.
We caught up with Dr Emma Mawdsley, recipient of the Busk Medal, to discuss her career, greatest achievement, and most memorable fieldwork moments.
Congratulations to the Public Health England (PHE) GIS Team, Emergency Preparedness Division and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Data Science Campus who were announced as the joint winners of the 2021 Geography in Government awards.
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