A Box of Delights!

Written by RSGS Collections Volunteer, Jane Griffiths. On a wet Monday morning at the RSGS offices in Perth I am about to investigate the contents of another box of the Society’s glass lantern slides. There is always a sense of anticipation! I open a small box labelled Lapps. The first slide is that of a Sami […]

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Isabella Bird: Living with the Cowboys of America’s Wild West

Written by Jo Woolf, the RSGS Writer-in-Residence, who recently authored The Great Horizon in which Isobella Bird features. “I am forming a plan for getting farther into the mountains… There is a most romantic place called Estes Park, at a height of 7,500 feet, which can be reached by going down to the plains and then striking […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Lest They Forget

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Remembrance Sunday, which falls on 11 November 2018, marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, in which more than one million Commonwealth soldiers and many civilians lost their lives. It is a day for the nation to remember and honour […]

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We Are All In This Together

The Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, delivered her first full speech to the UN General Assembly in late September 2018. Her inspiring message of collaboration and kindness is reprinted below with the permission of the New Zealand Government. A link to the video is at the bottom of this page. Madam President, Mr […]

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A Vanishing Sea of Ice

Written by Luke and Hazel Robertson, our Explorers-in-Residence who have just returned from a year spent living in Europe.  Skis balanced delicately over one shoulder, we climbed higher. The weight of each laboured step in heavy boots caused the metal steps to shudder and a clanging noise to reverberate around the valley. This was no […]

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