Bush Heritage in London
Learn about the connection between Australia and London during a talk with Dr Jody Gunn and Chris Darwin.
Are you interested in London, heritage and Australian wildlife?
This Thursday, 25 May 2017, Australian Executive Manager of Bush Heritage Australia, Dr Jody Gunn, will be meeting with Chris Darwin—the great-great grandson of Charles Darwin - at the Royal Geographical Society in London (with the Institute of British Geographers), the UK's learned society and professional body for geography, founded in 1830.
Jody and Chris tell an against-all-odds story of how Bush Heritage created a network of Australian conservation reserves the size of Southern England. The talk will also include a curated display of historical Australian artefacts from the RGS-IBG Collection including rare maps, journals and photographs.
The work of Bush Heritage is enormously impressive and it's wonderful to see it promoted in London. This national non-profit organisation conserves biodiversity and protects Australian native plants and animals by buying and managing land of outstanding conservation value and by working in partnership with others to help them manage and protect their land. Bush Heritage Australia currently owns and manages 33 reserves throughout Australia, covering over 10,000 square kilometres.
You can book tickets via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australias-natural-wonders-tickets-31277999338. But be quick, ticket sales close on 22nd May.
Talks will take place in the Ondaatje Theatre, where names of notable travellers and explorers line the walls. A specially curated display of items from the Society’s Collections related to Australia will be on display in the Foyle Reading Room for guests to enjoy during the evening.
The event also includes complimentary drink and canapés which will be served in the Map Room, an inspirational room dating from the 1930s containing fine examples of the two-million strong collection at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is one of the world’s foremost geographical societies. The Society has developed a reputation for informed travel-themed events which appeal to a broad demographic inspired by the world around them. In addition to its growing membership of over 16,500 individuals and organisational members, the Society also attracts a wider public audience whose passion for people and places draws them to attend exhibitions, lectures, talks, seminars and other travel-related events.
As the ‘home of geography’ the Society also excels in providing networking opportunities for travel professionals: from tour operators to tourism board representatives and their UK-based Embassy and High Commission colleagues. The state-of-the-art facilities combine modern comfort and convenience with striking historical fine rooms, suitable for invited-guest and public audiences in the heart of South Kensington.
The combination of activities, history, networks and location makes the Society unique. It’s history is associated with iconic moments and those individuals who pushed at both intellectual and physical limits – Darwin, Livingstone, Scott, Wilfred Thesiger, to name a few. Today the challenge is not about where things are on the map or who got there first, but rather explaining how the world works and why.