22nd November 2016

Montserrat - Reclaiming Paradise

David Edwards

David has been a professional mountain walks leader and has climbed and backpacked in Britain, Canada, USA, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, the Italian Dolomites and the Alps. He graduated from Edinburgh University with honours geology and worked as an expedition science leader in Botswana and the Yukon, as a field studies tutor teaching geology and geography, and for the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) as their University Expeditions Advisor. While at the RGS he fell off a mountain in winter and self rescued with two broken legs. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and in 2012 was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society for his public communication of geographical subjects.

Montserrat - reclaiming paradise' : a talk on the aftermath of disaster and the redevelopment of Montserrat.

In 1995, while working on an animal conservation project, David witnessed the volcanic eruptions and evacuations that changed Montserrat’s destiny. In 2011 he went back to see for himself how the island has recovered and to revisit areas which have been destroyed since he was there. With the population having lost two thirds of its land space there have been major social shifts and challenges. David explores these by talking to Montserratians about the impacts on their lives and the adaptations they must make, and shows what it is like to live on the new Montserrat.

The Society meets at the Hull Royal Hotel, 170 Ferensway, Hull HU1 3UF

All lectures are presented in the Royal Suite and start at 7.30pm prompt.


Doors are normally open at 6.45pm but access may be delayed if lecture preparations are not complete.


The audience are requested to please be in their seats before 7.25pm

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