WHAT’S HAPPENING AT THE RSAA?
The RSAA hosts regular lectures between September and June. Lectures typically take place on a Wednesday in a Central London location either at lunchtime or in the early evening.
In addition to the lecture programme, there are also a number of social events where members and their guests can meet others with similar interests.
A printed calendar is sent out to members, but dates and venues are subject to change and additional events may be added to the calendar at short notice. It is therefore advisable to check this online calendar for the latest details.
WHAT'S GOING ON IN MAY
13 May 2015
‘North Korea: What policy to adopt towards the world’s most Opaque Regime?’
Presented by Mr Francis Vendrell CMG, Career UN Official
Lecture commences at 7pm
Drinks and nibbles available from 6.30pm
Where: St Peter's Church Parish Hall, Eaton Square, London SW1
Tickets: Free to Members and Guests
27 May 2015
Col Willoughby & the Expulsion of the Chinese Army from Tibet, 1912
Presented by Mr Roger Croston, Independent Researcher
Following the Chinese revolution in 1911, the Tibetans seized their chance for independence and, after fierce fighting in Lhasa, expelled the Chinese Army. Most were dispatched to British India and Willoughby was commanded to ensure their safe passage, by neutral British military assistance, in a humanitarian action. This little known, little researched episode, is well documented in Willoughby’s rare report which he donated to the RSAA. A discovery, in 2013, of a private photograph album of a British Civil Servant based in Sikkim, who assisted with the transport, has led to new research on this episode.
Where: The Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly. Lecture starts at 1.15pm. Sandwich lunch (£7 or £10, must be pre-booked the day before) from 12.30pm.