Geography & Adventure

Welcome to the BRLSI Geography and Adventure page!

Our huge thanks go to Jane Sparrow-Niang, who has recently moved from Bath to Cornwall, for all her sterling work in making this Group so popular with BRLSI audiences. Jane is now living in Cornwall and we are sure they will love her, as we do. Long may she flourish and it will be lovely to see her from time to time when she pops back to Bath.

Meanwhile, would anyone like to join our team as a co-Convenor for Geography and Adventure? I need some help and will be happy to support anyone with ideas for talks and speakers. If so please drop an email to me at [email protected]

With best wishes,


Our BRLSI Geography and Adventure Programme in 2019 . . .

Coming up :  Thursday 10th October in Elwin -  starting at 7pm.
A Debate, in association with Bristol Law Society and Bath Preservation Trust, with sponsorship from Thrings Solicitors of Queen Square, Bath.
Proposition:   This House Believes That . . . “The ‘Listed Building’ Planning System protects our past but denies our future.”

The debate will be between two eminent barristers and two expert witnesses, will be chaired by John Moriarty of Bristol Law Society and will actively involve the BRLSI audience. Look forward to seeing you there.

Past Events

Wed 27 February 2019 Elwin Room 7:30pm

A lecture on: ‘Williams Automobiles  An example of Business Generational Sustainability’ by 
Richard Williams (Owner) This is a joint talk with BRLSI Engineering & Technology and BRLSI Business & Economics

"Williams Automobiles Ltd is a retail car business that has survived for one hundred and seven years. Why have we moved from central Bristol to rural South Gloucestershire and how have we weathered two world wars, a Great Depression, the Internet and three generational changes to remain as a family business, specialising in selling customized Morgan, Lotus and Caterham motor cars in today’s saturated vehicle market? Find out from Richard and Henry Williams on Wednesday, 27th February at 7.30pm"


Wed 27 March 2019 Elwin Room 7:30pm
A lecture in the 'Cities' lecture series:
'Tenochtitlan (present-day Mexico City): Capital of the Aztecs'
Dr Elizabeth Baquedano, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

A visitor to downtown Mexico might be amazed at the beauty of the Mannerist buildings, Baroque churches and Art Nouveau hotels without realising that this was once a lake where, in 1325, the wandering Aztecs found their promised land. In 1978, whilst an electrical transformer was being installed, staff of the electricity company hit a big stone decorated with reliefs, which sparked off the systematic excavations of the Aztecs that have been ongoing for 40 years. We will trace the major discoveries since 1978 until the present day.


Thurs 11 April 2019 Elwin Room 7pm 

“Climate Change: Science and Politics”  by David Warrilow OBE,  President Royal Meteorological Society PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LECTURE IS A BOX OFFICE EVENT. ALSO PLEASE NOTE THE EARLY STARTING TIME. This lecture is a joint event with BRLSI Science, R Met Soc and R Geog 
Soc Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution is delighted and honoured to welcome David Warrilow OBE, FRMetS, President of the Royal Meteorological Society.
Mr. Warrilow will be available in BRLSI’s Jenyns Room to meet his audience informally from 6.20pm till 6.50pm before his lecture starts at 7pm in the Elwin Room. 

Mr. David Warrilow was a senior government science advisor and international negotiator on climate change and environmental issues, such as ozone depletion and air pollution. He led the UK delegations to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for over 20 years and was a lead negotiator for the EU on the scientific issues covered in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He managed a significant research programme at the Department of Energy and Climate Change providing underpinning scientific evidence and analysis of climate change, energy and ozone depletion in support of the UK’s domestic and international policies.  Prior to this he undertook research at the Met Office on the development of observing systems, hydrometeorology and flood design, and climate modelling of land surface processes.  Since retiring from the civil service in January 2016, Mr. Warrilow has undertaken several speaking engagements on the scientific background to the Paris Climate Agreement and on the use of science to support policy. He was appointed President of the Royal Meteorological in October 2018.

Mr. Warrilow introduces his talk:
“Any science that has societal relevance soon finds that it must engage with a very different world, where opinion and conviction may count for more than evidence. I will review how the obscure (to most people) subject of climate science became centre stage in an increasingly fractious debate on the environment, development and wealth. I will look at the how science has fed in to the policy process, has become the battleground between environmentalists and free marketeers and the complexities and importance of science in the development of a global response to climate change. Finally, I will look at the challenges facing scientists as they seek to bring objectivity to the debate.”   D. Warrilow 2019 


Thurs 9 May 2019. Elwin Room 7.30pm 

A joint lecture with BRLSI History and Culture "RMS Titanic and her links to Bath" by Bryan Chalker, sometime Mayor of Bath On 14th April 1912, RMS Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic. Bryan Chalker has researched the dreadful event and will reveal to us how the ship had several links to Bath, not least with Stothert and Pitt cranes and a lady called Edwina “Winnie” Celia Troutt, born and brought up in Bath, who survived the ship’s sinking, and devoted her long life to helping to commemorate those who lost their lives on that voyage.




NEXT EVENTS  . . .   Are currently being devised for September, October and November 2019