The GA was founded in 1893 and is a subject association with a mission to further the teaching of geography and to communicate the value of learning geography for all. There are around 7,000 members including teachers in primary and secondary schools and further education, academic geographers, universities and teacher educators and trainers.
The Shropshire Branch of the Geographical Association (GA) was reformed in 2007 after a 15-year gap of inactivity. It was felt by the Geography faculty at Shrewsbury School that we wanted to expand the activities of our own Geography Society and allow other schools to partake. Reforming the Shropshire branch gave us the opportunity to do this.
Locally, the branch looks to enhance teaching in schools and colleges by offering a series of lectures that is relevant to good GCSE and all AS and A2 students studying Geography as well as being of interest to the general public.
Furthermore, there are other activities that look to augment the teaching of Geography in schools such as promoting Geography Awareness Week, the Action Plan for Geography and the Worldwise Quiz for local schools.
The branch is run by the Geography Faculty, though other committee members come from other local schools and colleges both in the state and independent sector.
We are also fortunate enough to have a major input from the Field Studies Council, whose headquarters are at Preston Montford; Sue Townsend, who is head of the centre, is our treasurer. The lectures take place at Shrewsbury School.
Our inaugural lecture in September 2007 was a fascinating personal account of the decline of the Sami tribesman of Northern Scandinavia by Euan Cameron and his expedition across their territory looking at the effects of climate change on their lives. Other lectures have consisted of topics as varied as Urban Regeneration in Liverpool to Glacio-Volcanic Hazards in Iceland.
Our lectures are delivered by university academics who are leaders in their fields and only too pleased to come to Shropshire, including Professor Ceri Peach from Oxford University who gave a very interesting lecture on Ethnic Segregation in Britain.
All lectures are well attended by A Level and GCSE students, some of whom may not be studying Geography, from schools and colleges throughout the county as well as members of the general public who have joined the GA out of interest. We have also negotiated with the North Staffordshire branch to enable their members to attend our lectures and vice-versa.
We will be pleased to welcome anyone to our lectures – annual membership for individuals is just £10 per annum.
For further details, please email Oliver Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.