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Geographical Research in Trinidad

Last year, we helped support RSGS volunteer Erin Fowler on a geographical research trip to Trinidad with the University of Glasgow Exploration Society. This is how she got on… Trinidad is comprised of a diverse range of landscapes, from beautiful coastlines and wetlands with mangrove forests, to the great mountains of the Northern Range which are covered in lush green jungle. Nestled in these mountains is a tropical research station that is popular with scientists from all over the world – and this is where I stayed with a team of 14 students from Scotland to conduct three months...

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The Iolaire Disaster of 1919

by Kenny Maclean, RSGS Collections Team “Chum gloir Dhe agus mar chuimhneachan air muinntir Leodhas am thig an bhatha anns a Chogaidh Mhor. 1914-1919.” “To the glory of God and in memory of the Lewismen who gave their lives in the Great War. 1914-1919.” These words adorn the Lewis War Memorial, unveiled in 1924. Like the comparable monument at Tarbert in Harris, the war dates displayed are 1914 to 1919. The 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 marked a cease-fire, not the official end of the war. The choice of 1919 as the terminal date acknowledged the...

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The Snow Globe

Another handful of sleet rattled against the windows, and the dying fire hissed as spots came down the chimney. The wind was rising, setting up a steady draught under the door and causing unknown parts of the dark old house to creak. Grace was awake; glancing at the bed across the room, she could see the dim outline of her brother beneath piles of blankets, and knew that he was asleep. She flicked on her torch and looked at the alarm clock. Half past twelve. Time to wake him up. They were going exploring. In the light of the...

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Heating up the Climate Debate: Katowice COP24

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. It is hard to keep up with announcements in the news about or concerning Climate Change. 2018 is looking like the hottest year on record. The IPCC reports that we have 12 years to avoid 2°C and are failing to make sufficient emissions reductions globally. And when David Attenborough spoke at the 24th Annual Conference of World’s Governments in Katowice Poland (COP24), he told the conference that “if we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on...

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Isobel Wylie Hutchison: On the Trail to Aklavik

Written by Jo Woolf, our fantastic Writer-in-Residence. Her book, The Great Horizon, features Isobel Wylie Hutchsion plus 49 other explorers associated with the RSGS — a perfect Christmas gift for someone special…    When the wander-fit is on me I would up and hie away, For Beauty lies in wait for all upon the brink of day; Then homely things seem naught to me, I’d leave them far behind To travel with the hurrying stars and with the wandering wind. It’s strange that though my lines are set so fair and pleasant here, Yet every now and then there...

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