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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Slowing Down the Heat

Written by Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The latest IPCC report is difficult reading, and clearly sounds a very loud alarm about the prospects of a 1.5⁰C or greater rise in global average temperatures. The analogy I always think is most helpful is to think of the planet as a […]

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A Special Anniversary: Scott and Shackleton at the RSGS

Written by Jo Woolf, our Writer-in-Residence and author of The Great Horizon. Scott and Shackleton at the same table, exchanging mild insults over the brandy? It sounds like a scene from a fantasy dinner party, but it actually happened – and at an RSGS banquet, no less. As RSGS marks 10 years in Perth and Mike […]

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Discovery & Discussions in the Desert

Meredith Adams is a geography graduate from the University of Edinburgh. In 2016, she co-founded the social enteprise MAD Challenges and is an operational team member of the 2050 Climate Group. There is a curious stillness that lies upon the wilderness at first light. As daylight creeps determinedly forwards, the land starts to wake up […]

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