Royston Pike lecture series 2018/2019

The Royston Pike Lecture Series 2018/2019 will kick off on Thursday 13 September at Riverhouse Arts Centre, Manor Road, Walton-on-Thames KT12 2PF at 7.30pm with a talk by TV producer Martin Pailthorpe about his 30-year career filming documentaries in the most remote and testing environments on earth. From the slopes of Everest to the Australian and African bush, from Siberia and the Arctic to the jungles of Guyana and South East Asia, his talk, entitled ‘From one extreme to another’, explores how film crews mount far flung expeditions and return with the goods. Martin will recall trips with the likes of Ray Mears, Leo Houlding, Monty Halls and Chris Ryan. His films can regularly be seen on the BBC and Discovery Channel.

In addition to Martin Pailthorpe’s remarkable filming feats, this year’s series has all the ingredients to captivate the audience. It will include talks about Donald Campbell’s world speed records on land and water, travel guide founder Hilary Bradt’s trip to North Korea, David Edwards’ study of the eruptive landscapes of Montserrat and a cycling adventure spanning over 530,000 miles, 6 continents and 48 countries. History is also on the agenda with WW1’s Journey’s End and Surrey County’s History from 1760 to 1832.

The Royston Pike Lectures are a popular fixture on the Elmbridge cultural calendar. They were first introduced by Edgar Royston Pike, formerly Chairman of the Esher Council, as the "Esher Library Lectures" in the late sixties. Now in their 44th year, they continue to attract audiences with their eclectic mix of subjects and speakers.

Councillor Malcolm Howard, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture, said, “Every year on the series, we are fortunate to welcome authors, adventurers, historians and professional lecturers who are so enthusiastic about sharing their experience and knowledge. Please check what is on offer in the programme and come along”.

Tickets are priced at £3 per person, payable in cash and available at the door. There is no need to book. Just turn up!

For further details of the forthcoming Royston Pike Lectures, please see the full programme, email arts@elmbridge.gov.uk or call 01372 474568. 

Date published: 12 September 2018

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