Help needed to find images of former GA Presidents

I'm trying to locate images of the following GA Presidents for my GA Presidents blog project, which has a biography of each former GA President (over 100 of them)
I've had help from archivists and other sources to identify most of them, and Andrew Goudie was the latest person to help source several of them. 

I'm down to just a handful of Presidents that I don't have a high quality image of... here they are:

1953: Dr Osbert John Radcliffe Howarth, OBE - I have found an image of a portrait of him, but not an actual photograph of him - will use the portrait if I can't find an image otherwise.

1955: Leonard Sydney Suggate - served on RGS-IBG Council but there is no image in the RGS Archives - He taught at Dorking High School, and at St. Clement Danes Grammar School during the First World War (eventually retiring from there in 1949) - I've had some luck with school archivists before, such as Grainne from Marlborough College, and have contacted the school

1961: Mr. Geoffrey E Hutchings - I have a slightly poor quality image from Balchin's Centenary volume of the GA, but not a decent full face image of him - have contacted the Field Studies Council to see if they can help as he worked at Field Studies Centres

1987: Dr. Graham Humphrys - linked to the University of Swansea and regeneration - I have a small image from Tehmina, a Flickr user who had some images of an event he spoke at in 2010, but will also contact Swansea University to see whether they can help

1988: Mr. Michael J Storm - ILEA School Inspector - he was quite active at the time in terms of writing and other work in Development education, and surprised I couldn't find an image of someone who was President relatively recently

If anyone has any images, or potential leads to where I might find one for these former Presidents, please let me know....

The other thing to say is that I would also be very grateful to receive good images of ANY former GA Presidents, particularly those taken at GA Conferences.

Image: Derby Conference, Alan Parkinson

esri - see what other's can't...

New phone

Time for an upgrade - I tend to time it quite well for new tech, which means I am now the user of a new iPhone 11 Pro, which is very nice, and also in a protective case as shown opposite.

This means I am also running iOS13 which has introduced some new photo editing options and additional tweaks of the OS.

One of the main things people are talking about is the triple camera, and this is indeed an excellent camera. It has three lenses - the wide angle is excellent, new options for controlling videos, and excellent quality images, including a low light option (I have used apps for this sort of thing before)

I've also just upgraded my MacBook Pro to iOS Catalina, so I'm currently right on point, for about the next five minutes...

Check out  myFlickr page for more recent images taken with the new phone.

Georges Perec Geographies

A free PDF download of a book on the geographical influence of Georges Perec.

The value of an atlas...

"The Atlas is the dictionary of the young geographer, and he [sic] must be taught to so regard and use it. It is "guide, philosopher and friend"... a map is no dead thing, but portrays life.... 
Behind the static red line that marks a frontier, there lies the dynamic life that has gone to its making and that still pulsates along it - the hardships, courage and tenacity of a school where character is moulded..."
Clement Cyril Carter, GA President 1939-1941

Worldmapper - Country Quotes needed

Charles Booth's London Poverty Maps

Looks beautiful

Thanks to Rachael Unsworth of the University of Leeds for the tipoff to this book, featuring these classic maps.

There is also a guided walk on the 5th of November, which is unfortunately back in term time.

South Georgia and Attenborough

South Georgia features in the opening shots, and the first episode of the new Attenborough wildlife series 'Seven Worlds, One Planet' - looking forward to this one very much.

SAGT - next weekend

Up to Stirling and Dollar Academy next week to take part in the 2019 Scottish Assocation of Geography Teachers' Conference.
I'm going to be presenting the first elements of a new pack for the South Georgia Heritage Trust, which will be out early in 2020.

Norwich Science Festival - Montserrat Volcano

Sadly I am not going to be able to get to Norwich to see this as I am away.
It's called Disasters Passed?

An exhibit which tells the story of the eruptions and aftermath of the Soufriere Hills Volcano is now on display at the Norwich Science Festival in the United Kingdom.

The interactive exhibit called Mountain Aglow is part of the Disasters Passed? project.

It is a volcano-shaped ‘tent’ where you can explore what it feels like to be caught up in an eruption, the pulse of a volcano’s magmatic heart, and how scientists monitor its changes.

Visitors can listen to recorded songs and stories, and watch the flow of magma that builds up to an explosion. This exhibit is created with and for the people of Montserrat and is at the festival, which runs until October 26.

Presenting at the festival is volcanologist Dr Karen Pascal from the Montserrat Volcano Observatory.

Disasters Passed? is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund and is a collaboration between UEA, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, the Seismic Research Centre of the University of the West Indies, the British and Montserrat Red Cross and Output Arts. “We are very grateful for all the contributions from the community on Montserrat, whose voices you will hear,” said festival organisers.

Dr Pascal explained that the “Disaster passed?” project is three fold: the ‘Mountain aglow’ exhibit which will be given to Montserrat, the ‘NEST’ exhibit intending to engage UK policy-makers and NGOs about appropriate prevention and response to the various hazards encountered in the Caribbean, and a website which bridges the two exhibits and allows for more materials to be displayed.
“Overall “Mountain aglow” is an interactive display, intended to inform the visitors about volcanic risks and how they are mitigated, but it also has a strong socio-economical content and it shows the transformations the country and the population have experienced during the eruption.

The mobile, collapsible structure is pyramid-shaped, big enough for people to enter and be immersed in the exhibit (10 x 10 feet on floor, 10 feet high). It describes on its 6 panels 6 aspects of the eruption: ‘Before and ‘After’ , ‘Moments of Light and Laughter’, ‘The Volcano’s Guts’ (ie volcano monitoring/risk managements), ‘Ash and Falling Stones’, ‘Moving, Crossing and Leaving’ and ‘Volcano Island’. 

These 6 themes emerged from group interviews carried out in Montserrat as well as with the Montserrat diaspora in the UK. In addition to pictures, the panels include relevant excerpts from individual interviews and from calypsos.”

On the 26th at the ‘Small island, big volcano’ event, author and Professor Yvonne Weekes will give a talk about the creative response to Soufrière Hills volcano eruption.

Mountain Aglow will be shipped to Montserrat in time for the Alliouagana Festival of the Word in November for attendees to experience.

“Not only has the exhibit been built in collaboration with Montserratians, but it will also be possible to add more materials to it, for example more audio-materials or different panels. As it is mobile, it can be displayed outdoors. And because of its holistic approach to the volcanic eruption and its socio-economical but also cultural impacts on the island, it can be used in a wide range of contexts, from showing it in schools, risk awareness days, festivals or even for tourists. Not only it will inform the public, Montserratian or not, but we hope it will generate discussions within the Montserratian population,” added Dr Pascal.

Learn more about the exhibit and the science festival at the links below.

The scariest thing about Hallowe'en

Plastic waste...

Thought for the Day

Facts, then, our school geographers seem to learn pretty well. They are not so happy when they try to use them - many, I suspect, would prefer to " utilise" them - as evidence in support of statements or as explanations for other facts. It is here, in exposition and in reasoning, that much school geography seems to me to show very serious weakness.

It seems to me that geographers should expressly seek to think clearly and to state their thoughts clearly in simple lucid language without unnecessary abstractions. Lucidity of language cannot be gained without lucidity of thought. A sentenco whose meaning is wrapped up in cotton-wool abstractions like "conditions", "influence,", "development," and the rest may be the unhappy product of a clear-thinking mind groping vainly after olear expression : it is much more likely to be the product of a muddled mind.. But to write a precise, forceful sentence it is quite essential first (to arrange our ideas clearly in our minds : in other words, we must think clearly. Surely as teachers one of our chief duties to our pupito is to teach them to do this? If we insist on lucidity of writing, we are forcing them to think lucidly, and doing our duty by them : if we let them get away with vague, muddled expression and a lot of distractions for padding, we are not. It is lucidity I plead for, not necessarily literary excellence.

Let us then clarify our geographical thinking and tighten up our reasoning. Let us work from observed and recorded facts to generalisations and classifications, and not in the opposite way.
Let us particularly beware of suggesting facile explanations which ignore the infinite complexity of the factors involved. To help clearer thinking let us insist on clearer written work from our pupils. We know that some of them have good brains ; do we always teach them to make the best of them ? 
Let us set ourselves to teach them to think and to write accurately, lucidly and to the point, so that when the time comes they may with the confidence born of long practice set out their ideas and prove their contentions for the examiner who holds so much of their future in the hollow of his hand.

An anonymous examiner, in 1948
Examiner. “PLAIN SPEAKING.” Geography, vol. 33, no. 1, 1948, pp. 21–26. JSTOR,

For more blasts from the geographical past, check out my GA Presidents blog.

Long term flood risk

Long term flood risk map from the Environment Agency.
How does your area fare?

What are the trends in flood risks over the next decade?
Why not 'ground truth' a local high risk area with students to assess the measures being taken to manage the perceived risk.
Flood gates / signage / building styles and planning permissions?

Hilliard Ensemble and Garbarek

Memories today of a stunning concert I attended in Ely Cathedral one foggy November night back in 2014. 
It was one of the final chances to see Jan Garbarek playing with the Hilliard Ensemble. No microphones, just the stunning acoustic of Ely Cathedral and I had a front row seat in the Octagon. I also met the musicians as I left through the South Door.

The final album is released today. It was recorded during this final tour.

Heading to see Jan in a month's time too.

Going for an Indian?

Spoiler alert: It's probably not Indian...

Useful link from the BBC for Cultural Globalisation and also the Food section of OCR A and B GCSE

Gapminder World Health Chart

Print this off on 18 sheets of A4 (or A3) and then reconstruct a large wallchart version of the chart to refer to when teaching.

Thanks to Matt Podbury for the steer here.

Shared under CC license (as are all Gapminder related documents and resources)

Here it is on my classroom wall

Unlocking Sustainable Cities

Thanks to David Alcock for the link to this attractive site by Paul Chatterton of the University of Leeds.

Click to unlock and you will see a manifesto for changing cities unfold before your eyes, with a chance to sample chapters from a book of the same name.

One particular section of the site which I've blogged about before is a Civic Plan for a Climate Emergency.

Surrey Geography Network Meetings

For those who are in Surrey or within easy reach, Brendan Conway has shared details of what looks like a very useful series of events in the next few months, and into 2020.
As you can see, there are some excellent speakers including the 'mighty' Simon Oakes and the GA's very own Alan Kinder.

Details for booking are at the bottom of the blogpost.

Surrey Geography Network meetings 2019-20

These are designed to help you to address current issues whilst at the same time networking with other geography leaders / teachers.
The meetings will take place at Notre Dame School KT11 1HA from 1.30 to 4.30. The dates, speakers and their topics are as follows​:

Tuesday 19th November: Enabling Data Skills in the Geography Curriculum, Dr Simon Oakes - former chief examiner, author and education consultant

The session will present some excellent ideas for embedding data skills into Geography lessons. It will draw on Simon's Royal Geographical Society funded project work as well as his own wealth of experience as a chief examiner, teacher and text book writer. The session is designed to help you to develop students' confidence and their ability to use their geographical knowledge to make the most of available data.

Tuesday 10th March: Planning your Geography Curriculum, Damian Gray - Chartered Geographer and Head of Geography, Sunbury Manor School

Damian will illustrate how he has planned his department's geography curriculum to meet the requirements of Ofsted's new inspection framework which necessitates the need for subject leads to be able to justify the quality of their educational provision and lesson sequence choices.

Monday 22nd June: The new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) - What this means for Geography Curriculum Leaders, Alan Kinder - Chief Executive of the Geographical Association. 

Alan is also a Director of the Council for Subject Associations, British Council consultant and a virtual editorial board member to the SecEd educational newspaper. He is a member of the Council for British Geography and on the advisory board for the University of Sheffield's Geography’s Department.
The session will offer advice and share ideas as to how best to meet the new demands on geography subject leaders of the new EIF with specific reference made to the support provided by the Geographical Association.​

If you wish to book a place, please email Katy Gill ( who will allocate you a place and send you an invoice. 

The cost of the 3 meetings, one per term, remains £160 in total.

D3 Website now live

The website for the Developing Digital Data literacy (D3) project is now live.

More to come as the project develops.

Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book 2

Coming out next week, and the perfect Christmas gift for the geographer in your life. The first one became a bestseller.
The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Tour of Britain Book 2019

More to come next week when I get my copy...

Blogging is 25 years old

Apparently according to the Observer it is 25 years since the first blog by Dave Winer.
I've been blogging since 2002, so that's 17 years of writing and publishing thoughts and ideas. 
I've had (or still have) over a dozen blogs, and my main one is this one of course.
Why not start a blog if you haven't already and start draft posts whenever you have an idea, then finish and post when you get a moment.

Digimap v2

Having an early play with this today. 
A new, improved version 2 of the GA Gold Award winning Digimap for Schools.

Information from Edina.

Digimap for Schools - the definitive global digital atlas for schools

The Digimap for Schools Team are pleased to announce the imminent arrival of a new version of their award winning schools service.

This new version has all the mapping products and functionality Digimap for School users are already familiar with (Ordnance Survey mapping, historical data and aerial photography for GB, drawing tools, image library, webinar and training support), but adds:

Global mapping
- incorporation of the beautiful and authoritative Collins Bartholomew World Panorama product providing a definitive global school atlas

- the same wonderful Ordnance Survey data for Great Britain and beyond GB for the rest of the world, detailed street level mapping from Open Street Map:

An updated and modern intuitive User Interface has been added - this is similar to the one on the DataNation website which is an optional upgrade for schools who don't already have Digimap for Schools perhaps. It also includes a useful additional option to find your location and zoom to it, rather than using the search, or drawing a rectangle as currently.

The new version of Digimap for Schools will be available from November 2019 at

Access to the old version will remain available from the same address.
The existing Digimap for Schools version will remain supported until January 2021.
Schools resubscribing to Digimap for Schools before March 2020 will be able to chose between the old version and our new enhanced Global version.
From March 2020 subscribers will only be able to take our new enhanced service.
(Re)subscription will be on a rolling twelve month basis as is the case now. It will not be possible to subscribe to both new and old versions.

As always, the Digimap for Schools Team are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have over on the website.

Climate Breakdown

Paul Turner has been hard at work developing some ideas which he has been trialling at Bedales School. 
He has now shared them on Google Drive.

He asked a while back about some ideas for a scheme of work on Climate Change / Breakdown / Crisis.
This has now been turned into a 14 lesson scheme of work which is an excellent framework for some climate change lessons.


You can also play this Fatboy Slim mix up which samples Greta Thunberg's speech into his track 'Right here Right now'.

Read this as well - plenty of pages to see in the Amazon Look Inside preview.

Open Geography Story Map

Spent today exploring some Open Data options for Geographers.
It's part of the work I'm doing on the Developing Digital Data Literacy (D3) ERASMUS project.

I came across a few new resources. has a range of Open Data and other interesting bits and pieces.
Here's a nice StoryMap - view full screen for the best effect.

2020 Calendar from Time for Geography

Now that we're all boycotting the Countryfile Calendar for the mouse and the apple furore (only joking), you'll need a different calendar for your classroom wall.
Luckily the folks at Time for Geography have produced a special calendar marking the end of a decade of Geography 2010-2020.

The Time for Geography Team have brought together 12 iconic images, capturing some of the most important moments, changes, challenges and innovations in a decade of geography!
To help students on their journey, they have included key 2020 dates and events for geographers:
University open days
Public lectures
Conferences, workshops, webinars and CPD events

On every page, interactive QR codes provide access to accompanying Time for Geography videos and resources.
Order your copy from this link and also find out more information.

Disclaimer: Other calendars are available :) I'm holding out for a Professor Iain Stewart one.

The Americas


New series started last night with Simon Reeve - well worth catching up with.

GPS at the scale of your living room

This article was shared by Mike Gould from esri.

It describes the technology being used and developed by Amazon and Apple which uses the latest wifi, including the potential for new file sharing and other capabilities.

There are interesting connections with the Internet of (School) Things project (I was part of a team which developed this some years ago, along with Intel and others)

Be an African finance minister for a day

Imagine - you're the Finance Minister of an African country for the day, could you spread the oil wealth fairly and effectively?

If you were in charge for just one day, how would you manage its economy?

Take the seat of Finance Minister of Fuela, an African country that's recently received $10 million Fuelan Dollars from its oil; with only four policy areas competing for the funds, which area will you invest in?
From Open Learn.

Geography really Matters posters

Gill Miller's GA Presidential year is underway, and the theme she has chosen is Geography really Matters.

As part of this, she has set Geographical groups and GA committees a challenge to show how Geography matters to them, and to others within the community.
Two posters have been designed up to display in locations which might not be the usual locations. Rather than putting them up in your classroom and corridors, why not get them into other places?

Primary Poster (also could be used by Secondary)

Secondary Poster (also could be used by Primary)

Gill has just joined Twitter as well, so feel free to follow her on @gillmillergeog

For the posters, you need to go to the GA website to find them, but they are here for you to download, print and distribute as you see fit.
Let's get the message out to more people at this critical time when big decisions are being made by our Politicians.

GA Presidents Group

I've just finished my first month as GA Junior Vice President.

It's been interesting seeing the GA from a different angle again, having previously been employed at Solly St, including leading numerous CPD events, and serving on the Secondary Phase Committee for 15 years, and of course being a GA member for many years and attending Conference.

There have been several meetings which have taken place, some of which I have had to give apologies for, or had the chance to take part in virtually, and I managed to make my first Presidents Group meeting earlier in the week, where the Presidents in the current cycle, along with Alan Kinder and the Honorary Treasurer meet to consider matters of importance to the Governing Body.

This highlighted the need for real strategic thinking, considering matters well ahead of time. I won't be sharing any specific details of the outcomes of course at the moment, but there are plenty of interesting developments to keep the Association as vital as it has been for the previous 126 years.
Don't forget that I am writing biographies of all former Presidents of the GA, over on my GA Presidents blog as well.

This week I also had correspondence from Grainne Lenehan who provided me with images of three Presidents who had a connection with Marlborough College, where she is the archivist, filling in a few of the gaps that I had identified in terms of images of Presidents.

How climate friendly is your community?

Friends of the Earth has a checker website.

Enter your postcode to find out how your local authority / area score. Here's Breckland's score.

I certainly contribute towards underperformance with my need to drive a car to work and elsewhere. The bus network is sparse to say the least.

Geography Education Research Conference

The RGS-IBG has a new event at UWE for those interested in Geography education research.

Tickets are available

This is in the first week of my Christmas break and was originally keen to go, thinking it might be hosted by the RGS-IBG, but Bristol is a little further than I have time for.

Time for Geography - some new videos

Always a good day when there are some new Time for Geography videos to watch.
The latest video has been released.
Temperature Deciduous Woodlands are the focus for this video.

Together with Dr Sarah Arnold from the University of Greenwich Natural Resources Institute, the films investigate different components of the UK's climatic climax:
  • The process of ecological succession
  • Biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) components
  • Habitat layers
  • Influence of topography on the spatial distribution of species


The GA's Secondary Phase Committee has a Twitter feed where stories of interest to secondary geography teachers are shared.
It currently has just over 900 followers and would be good to see if we can make that over 1000.

Click here to read the tweets and follow the account.

The SPC also has a Facebook page which is now starting to attract likes.
Follow it here.

South Georgia work continuing

I have been working on some resources for the South Georgia Heritage Trust for the last few months, ahead of a soft launch of some of the ideas.

I've been writing resources for a series of enquiries about issues related to the islands in the South Atlantic.

The resource contains a series of key questions and will be shown for the first time in a few weeks at the Scottish Association of Geography Teacher's Conference in Dollar, near Stirling.

Here's a drone video from South Georgia to get a flavour of the landscape.


Scott Base rebuild - an interesting project

This is the second Antarctic story of the week here.

The Scott base, operated by New Zealand has come to the end of its useful life, and is no longer meeting the needs of the people who work there, or modern standards on environmental and other levels.
A new project is going to involve rebuilding the base: an eight year project.

The proposed project will cost 250 million dollars apparently, and represents a major investment in the future of New Zealand's interest in the continent, and its scientific.

Inside Government Seminar

Last year, I presented at the Inside Government seminar in London, chaired by Alex Standish and with contributions from RGS/GA, OCR and teachers including Paul Turner. It was an interesting day, and my presentation was later shared on this blog.

This year, I've been traded in for a younger model, and Rob Chambers is doing a session on technology in geography teaching.

The details of the session can be found here.

Not a cheap day out, but plenty of interesting sessions once again.

Prisoners of Geography - the illustrated book

An illustrated version of Prisoners of Geography is coming out at the end of the month. It looks rather good.

Here's the promotional video for you to see the artwork.

It apparently tells an abridged story / version of the book with interesting illustrations.

IMD Map by Rob Fry

Rob Fry has shared a map experiment on Github which visualises IMD data in an interesting way. Mouse over a Super Output Area and a set of sliders will show how that area ranks on a series of areas and indices. Well worth a look by those exploring inequality.