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Inspiring talks at the Royal Geographical Society


The Dive Lectures are back for 2014 with an inspiring line up of speakers for you.

Run by the London Diving Chamber at the Royal Geographical Society, these annual lectures are an opportunity for the diving community to be transported to the extreme, exotic and exhilarating underwater world of our country's most renowned and exciting subaquatic adventurers.


Doug Allan - "Every Picture Tells a Story"
Doug Allan's 40 years of diving have taken him all over the world, but most predominately his quests have taken him time and time again to the freezing Polar Regions north and south. Filming for an abundance of BBC productions, affectionately labeled by Doug as "all them Planets" (meaning Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Human Planet and Frozen Planet) and many other acclaimed wildlife films and documentaries, means that Doug has collected plenty of prestigious awards for his work.


Making his Dive Lectures debut in 2014, Doug will be sharing his fascinating behind the scenes stories, illustrated by stills and clips from the shows he has worked on. Listen to Doug explain what it's like diving with leopard seals, coming eyeball to eyeball with a humpback whale and witnessing and capturing on film an animal behaviour that has never been seen before. Doug raises the question: Is it all about equipment, luck and skill? Or just being more ruggedly brave than the next person? (Hint - it's not the latter) This presentation is suitable for all ages and abilities, whether the diving bug has bitten you yet or not.


Doug will also be signing and selling copies of his book Freeze Frame - A Wildlife Cameraman's Adventures on Ice at the Dive Lectures.

Andy Torbet - "Extreme Adventures in Diving"

With a degree in Zoology, 10 years as a paratrooper in the British Forces, and an enviable career as an extreme diver, climber and adventure sportsman, Andy (pictured above) is sure to captivate at the RGS this year.


In "Extreme Adventures in Diving", Andy will cover 'Operation Iceberg' (filmed for the BBC), which focuses on the six weeks that Andy lived on, climbed around, and dived inside a glacier in Greenland and an iceberg floating off Canada. And as if that wasn't enough for one evening Andy will also be revealing all about that blowhole dive which saw him go where no known diver has been before AND he will also be taking us through his exhilarating and heart stopping solo dive in The Cave of Skulls.


Diving since the age of 12, special operations that have taken him over sunken cities, mysterious monuments and unexplored caves and being a highly qualified mountaineering and climbing instructor, cave leader, sea-kayaker and boat operator (amongst many more qualifications), Andy's energetic and exciting talk is not one to be missed.

 
The Dive Lectures take place on Wednesday 19th March 2014 at 7pm at The Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. They are held in support of Scuba Trust, a charity devoted to giving people with physical disabilities an equal opportunity to experience the pleasure and excitement of scuba diving and the underwater world.
 
Entrance is free, but the Scuba Trust will be hoping for donations on the night. Register early as tickets for this event go quickly Register HERE

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The RGS is also running a series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places.


These talks are intended to kindle interest from members and non-members alike in using the RGS's rich resources for study or enjoyment.




• Monday 17 February 2.30pm–4.00pm

Death of Speke: an unsolved mystery 
with Alexander Maitland FRGS



 

Marking the 150th anniversary of the explorer’s death in 1864, Alexander Maitland, author of the only full biography of Speke, revisits his subject to assess Speke’s character, life and times.



 

• Monday 31 March 2.30pm–4.00pm

Material memories of travel: the albums of a Victorian naval surgeon
 with Professor Felix Driver FRGS



This richly-illustrated talk showcases the albums of John Linton Palmer RN (1824-1903) donated to the Society in 1954, considering the visual culture of maritime science and the contemporary uses of visual heritage.




 

• Talks take place at the Education Centre or Ondaatje Theatre, RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. Booking essential.  Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5 payable in advance. To book a place phone +44 (0)20 7591 3044or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

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