Films, Photos and Funny Animals

On Saturday 15th June, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) will open their doors for Geography Day! An annual celebration of all things geographical, the theme this year will be Films, Photos and Funny Animals.

 As part of the event, which lasts from 11am to 4pm, there will be inspiring talks from a wealth of talent from the RSGS network, opportunities to observe some of the Society’s most intriguing collections items, and a chance to view the hilarious winning entries from the prestigious Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2018.

On the bill of speakers is Eilidh Munro, a young wildlife and conservation filmmaker, who has just returned from a filming expedition to the Peruvian rainforest to document an illegal road being built there. Presenting images and video clips from the journey, she’ll uncover the potential impacts this road may have on the communities and biodiversity of the area.

 Lorne Gill FRSGS, the staff photographer for Scottish Natural Heritage, will be discussing a lifetime spent capturing the very best of Scotland’s wildlife and landscapes and offering tips on how to capture the perfect shot. 

 And there will also be talks by RSGS Writer-in-Residence Jo Woolf who recently published The Great Horizon, a book summarising the 50 greatest adventure stories wrapped up in the Society’s archives. She’ll be sharing these stories and some intriguing findings from a brand new collection of glass lantern slides she recently happened across.

Additionally, for just £15 including lunch, there will be the chance to peruse the very best of the Society’s historical archives, from sketches and sea charts to portable globes, polar books and peculiar maps. And the well-informed volunteers of the RSGS will be on hand to uncover the secrets behind each piece.

 Commenting on the upcoming event, Chief Executive Mike Robinson said:

 “The breadth of geography is one of its key strengths – it joins up a vast array of disciplines, approaches and skills, allowing it to be both highly useful and relevant to wider society. Our upcoming Geography Day celebrates this diversity with talks from filmmakers, photographers, curators and storytellers alike on subjects as diverse as deforestation, wildlife conservation and cartography!

 “There’s something for everyone at Geography Day and everyone is welcome, both Members and visitors alike.”

 Geography Day will run from 11 am to 4pm on Saturday 15th June 2019 and will be held at the Fair Maid’s House in Perth city centre. Tickets are just £15 including lunch and are available to buy on Eventbrite. All proceeds will support the work of RSGS.

Image: Eilidh Munro

Abigail Shepherd