Inaugural SCGRG ‘Teaching Geography Research’ Workshop, Tuesday 11th December 2018

The Museum of English Rural Life, Reading

Inaugural SCGRG ‘Teaching Geography Research’ Workshop, Tuesday 11th December 2018, Museum of English Rural Life (MERL), Reading, UK.

Overview and theme

The Social and Cultural Geography Research Group (SCGRG), the largest research grouping of the Royal Geographical Society is excited to announce the inaugural ‘Teaching Geography Research’ workshop, which will become a regular biennial event of the group, connecting our work as social and cultural geographers with our role in teaching and learning in the subject.

The theme for the first event will be on ‘Teaching Creative Geographies/Teaching Geographies Creatively’. This will be held at MERL, the Museum of English Rural Life, Reading, UK. The event will take place on Tuesday 11th December 2018, 10-4pm.

 It will be a workshop style event – designed for all – from those starting out their research-teaching careers at PhD level, to those who may be mid- career and onwards who are engaging in ‘new’ methods of teaching engagement. The day will be based around supportive, productive, interactive activities and conversation to share ideas for teaching practice, and relatedly assessment and marking.

Details on Attending

The event is £10 (chargeable on the day) and includes all tea/coffee breaks, lunch and a reception afterwards. If you would like to attend the event, which has a limited number of places, please email both: Kimberley Peters ( and Hilary Geoghegan ( by Monday 19th November 2018.  Please provide:

·         Your name

·         Your institution

·         2 or 3 sentences on your area of interested in social and cultural geographies

·         1 or 2 sentences on what you hope to get from the day

·         2 or 3 sentences on what you hope to contribute

 Travel Bursaries

We are able to offer travel bursaries to support attendance, with priority given to SCGRG group members who are unwaged/ students who are unfunded and those on temporary, precarious contracts. We are also, where bursary money remains, able to consider those without funding available from research councils or their departments. Membership of the SCGRG is free. If you would like to be considered for a bursary please let us know when you email, setting out the price of your travel. SCGRG bursaries are not fixed, but we aim to distribute funds available to all who require them.

Provisional format

10-10.30 Registration/Coffee

10.30-10.45   Welcome (with Kim, Hilary and Director of the Museum)

 Morning workshop:

10.45   Round the room rapid introductions

1050-11.45   Social and cultural geography through an object – ice-breaker task & outcome sharing;

1145-12.45   Participant showcase

12.45   Lunch/sign up to afternoon small group discussions in PM

Afternoon workshops:

1330-15.00   Case study roundtables: 4/5 options of roundtable workshops and discussions on examples of creative teaching and learning, beginning with a short talk as a launching off point for the smaller discussions.

 15.15  Tea & coffee

 15.30-16.00  Summary discussions 

16.00  Closing reception/Depart 17.00