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Geography at Manchester kicks off 125th anniversary celebrations

16 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 125th Anniversary Lecture given by author, broadcaster, and President of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS), Nicholas Crane.

More than 450 students, staff and guests attended the event, including guest of honour Dr Rita Gardner CBE, Director of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS).

Professor Jamie Woodward, Head of Geography at The University of Manchester, paid tribute to Dr Gardner, who retires next spring after 22 years of service.

"The evening was a wonderful celebration of Geography at Manchester," he said.

"It was especially fitting that we were able to thank the RGS and the Manchester Geographical Society who, between them, helped to fund the first lecturer all those years ago.

"Rita Gardner 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, respectively the President and Vice-President of the Manchester University Geography Society (MUGS), presented Dr Gardner and Nicholas Crane with gifts from the Department.

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