RSGS Glasgow Group

The RSGS Glasgow Group was established in 1884; Henry Morton Stanley gave the first public talk, entitled The Congo.

There are now 12 RSGS Inspiring People talks in Glasgow each year. Six of these talks are given on Wednesday evenings, and six are given on Thursday afternoons.

Glasgow Evening Talks, 7.30pm:

18th October 2017 – Luke and Hazel Robertson – Due North Alaska: An Expedition Across a Changing Landscape

15th November 2017 – Vanessa Collingridge – Mapping Myths: the ‘Fantastic’ Geography of the Great Southern Continent

13th December 2017 – Jo Woolf – The Great Horizon: Stories of Exploration from RSGS 

24th January 2018 – Felicity Aston – Pole of Cold: A Journey to Chase Winter

21st February 2018 – Jim Hansom – Scotland’s Eroding Shores

21st March 2018 – Barbara Bond – MI9’s Escape and Evasion Maps of WWII

Glasgow Afternoon Talks, 2.15pm: 

5th October 2017 – Will Millard, Life With the Hunters of the South Seas

2nd November 2017 – Anna McNuff, Running the Length of New Zealand (and other good ideas)

30th November 2017 – Prof. Roger Crofts – A Taste of Iceland

11th Jan 2018 – Jason Lewis, Lessons in Sustainability: An Explorer’s Tale

8th February 2018 – Alex Bescoby, A Decade in Burma

8th March 2018 – Prof. Iain Stewart, The Land Below Ground: Journeys Through Britain’s Underworld

Thursday afternoon talks in the 2017-18 season will be held at the Renfield Centre.

Wednesday evening talks in the 2017-18 season these will be held at Waterstones on Sauchiehall St.



01738 455050

Glasgow Evening
153-157 Sauchiehall Sreet
G2 3EW

Glasgow Afternoon
Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street
G2 4JP


Further Activities:

The RSGS Glasgow Group are also involved in organising a number of other activities during the year. Most notably, the Glasgow Group put on their very own ‘Travellers and their Tales’ which are personal stories presented by members of the Local Group. These informal lectures begin at 7.30pm at the Renfield Centre. Admission £3; non-members welcome.

Upcoming ‘Travellers and their Tales’ events:

Monday 29th January
South to Antarctica: Heather Willimott
Patagonia, a Tale of Two Coasts: John Walls

Monday 26th February
The Wee Toon: Willie Crossan
The Cederberg: Tim Rideout
Twenty Years Visiting Taiwan: Stephen Phillips

Monday 26th March
Exploring Sudan: Peter Ireland
Mid-India: Katy Haddock