'Why Study Geography?' - coming soon

Geography is the big-picture subject for our times. It encompasses subjects ranging from the microscopic – how soils form, and how those soils can be protected and managed well to grow food, for example – through to things as large-scale as the future trajectory of megacities and the threat of ever more warming of the planet. Alan Parkinson’s guide clearly and carefully explains why geography is worthy of study, at GCSE, at A level and at university. It is bang up to date. Students, their teachers and parents are all likely to find it essential reading.
Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography, University of Oxford
Just ahead of lockdown, I met with Richard and Sam from the London Publishing Partnership about writing a book in a series explaining why students should study different curriculum subjects. The History book is already published, and others are on the way. The lockdown gave me the time and the inclination to meet a quite tight deadline, and after several draft…

Gilbert White Webinar

A free talk on Gilbert White for those with an interest in this naturalist and observer of the natural world.

Join Kimberley James online as she introduces Gilbert White who celebrated his 300th anniversary in 2020. Gilbert White revolutionised the way the world looked at the nature, inspiring future scientists such as Charles Darwin.

Gilbert White born in 1720, and changed the way the world looked at nature through his book The Natural History of Selborne, published in 1789 and never out of print since.  Considered by many to be the father of ecology, he was once a household name as familiar as David Attenborough is today.  In this 1 hour talk Collections Manager at Gilbert White’s House Kimberley James will take you through Gilbert’s life from a lively child, to his world wide fame and lasting natural legacy. 
The talk will be followed by a Q&A and then both will be available on our YouTube Channel for the rest of the festival.


I went back to the cinema yesterday for the first time since February when I saw 'Parasite' ahead of its Oscar triumph.
My son and I went to the IMAX in Norwich, where Odeon Cinemas had worked out the experience very well. We were shown to our seat which had a bubble of space around it and showed out at the end of the film one row at a time. Once the film was underway and we were in our seats we could remove our masks if we wanted to.
The film that drew us back was the new Christopher Nolan film: TENET.

The film's action takes place in a number of locations including London, Mumbai, Italy, Oslo and Russia.

I discovered that there is a local connection, with wind farm support vessels from Great Yarmouth being used in one of the scenes.

An enjoyable return to the cinema - this was certainly the loudest film I've ever seen, and some great performances and set pieces... and the story kept you thinking and working out what was happening throughout. 

Covid-19 cases on the rise

As we get close to the start of term for English schools, cases are rising to levels not seen since late March. Anyone remember what happened then?

Save the Planet: Drink Beer

The brewery Brew Dog has announced a plan to go not only carbon neutral, but actually carbon negative. They are going to plant thousands of acres of woodlands and take other action to offset their industrial activity in creating many different beers, and also operating a number of premises.

Their plan has been drawn up with the help of Mike Berners Lee, who wrote an excellent book on carbon footprints of items which has just had a 2nd edition published.

Read about it here.

Download the plan as a PDF file via this link (PDF download)

Here's a useful starter image from the company's James Watt's twitter feed - may need to think about what age group you use this with - perhaps the older students given the language, and also the subject matter of beer...


Routes Issue 1: now published

The first issue of Routes Journal has now been published.
This contains a range of articles, research and book reviews contribute by 6th form geographers and undergraduates.
Each article has been peer reviewed by a team of teachers and academics.

The first article features an editorial / introduction by Klaus Dodds.

Congratulations to all of those involved in the production of this new journal.
This would make an excellent project for 6th form students to engage with.
Go here to download the articles.

I particularly enjoyed the piece by Rebecca Dunn from Loreto Grammar School.
Exploring a new exogenous force: Covid-19 and its effects on Didsbury (Manchester, UK)
which I shall add in to my latest version of the New PC Geographies document and the resources I am creating for the GA currently. Also Joel While's piece: A ‘strange combination’: neoliberalism and embodiment in the global food system

There's also a competition for students to enter with book prizes to win. Something to su…

Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

“The scientists and the policymakers who are concerned about climate change are extremely sympathetic to the massive suffering a huge number of people have had through this pandemic. The entire point is that this is what societal change looks like when something changes.”
Helen Czerski
Covid-19 has provided a crucial opportunity to make drastic changes to tackle climate change, experts behind this year’s Royal Institution Christmas lectures have said.

The talks, Planet Earth: A User’s Guide, will take audiences on a deep dive into our planet’s workings, from rock formation and Earth’s ancient climate, to the fundamental role of the oceans and the makeup of the air we breathe.

Each of the three lectures will be presented by a different scientist from a trio of experts: the oceanographer Dr Helen Czerski, environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine and geologist Prof Chris Jackson.

Watch previous lectures here.
Details of the lectures this Christmas are here. In this year’s Christmas Lectures fr…