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125 years of Manchester Geography

(13 October 2017)

This year marks 125 years since the first lecturer in Geography was appointed at the University in 1892.

To celebrate the anniversary the Department of Geography is holding a series of lectures, which  began last Wednesday with the 125 Anniversary Lecture given by author, broadcaster, and President of the Royal Geographical Society, Nicholas Crane.

More than 450 students, staff and guests attended the event in University Place. Dr Rita Gardner CBE, the Director of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), was the guest of honour. Professor Jamie Woodward, Head of Geography, paid tribute to Rita's 22 years' of service to the RGS as she will be retiring in spring 2018.

Jamie said: "The evening was a wonderful celebration of Geography at Manchester. It was especially fitting that we were able to thank the Royal Geographical Society and the Manchester Geographical Society who, between them, helped to fund the first lecturer all those years ago. Rita Gardner, the Director of the RGS, has made a singular contribution to UK Geography for more than two decades and we gave her a wholehearted Mancunian thank you!”

At the end of the evening, students Lily Baker Haynes and Ann Williams, the President and Vice-President of the Manchester University Geography Society (MUGS), presented Rita and Nicholas with gifts from the Department.

  • Pictured l-r are: Rita Gardner, Jamie Woodward, and Nicholas Crane.