Staying Positive Amidst Environmental Crises

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive 2018 was a year of plastics, with unprecedented public concern expressed after Blue Planet II made this longstanding issue a household one. Action sprung up everywhere. By the end of 2018, however, building on this realisation, we witnessed an even more fundamental swing. It began with the UN IPCC […]

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Sri Lanka: Fragile Jewel in the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka is a country in turmoil. The recent attacks in churches and hotels in three of its cities, leaving at least 250 people dead, and hundreds injured, has left people in everyday life in complete shock, and promises to have repercussions for some time to come. This country, which is still rebuilding itself after […]

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Mary Moffat: Dealing with the Daily Dramas of David Livingstone

Written by Jo Woolf, RSGS Writer-in-Residence and Author of The Great Horizon. David Livingstone’s name is immortalised in the annals of glorious exploration, but comparatively little is known about his wife, Mary Moffat. Yet Mary, with her quiet determination and practicality, was by his side during many of his adventures, looking after their children, helping […]

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School Strike for the Climate

by Mike Robinson, RSGS Chief Executive On Friday 15th March, I attended the school climate strike in Edinburgh. I had come in support because I wanted to gauge the mood and see how many young people would be bold and take the day off school. Similar ‘strikes’ were going on all over Scotland and in […]

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A Box of Delights!

by Jane Griffiths, RSGS Collections Volunteer 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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