Manchester Geographical Society

What We Do



  1. To encourage geographical research on or relevant to the north west of England,
  2. To publish geographical research on or relevant to the north west of England,
  3. To further the pursuit of geographical knowledge

Lunchtime Lecture Series

The Society presents 18 free lectures on a variety of geographical topics in the autumn and spring.

The lectures are on Tuesdays at 1pm in Cross Street Chapel, Manchester.

Research Fund

This fund is intended to help University lecturers in the north west with small projects which might have difficulty getting funds elsewhere. There is no restriction on the uses to which the funds may be put. Applicants must undertake to submit an article to North West Geography within one year.
Applications should reach the Society's office by the first Tuesday in February. The Society's Academic Committee decides which bids to support, solely on grounds of excellence; decisions will usually be notified during March each year.

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The Society's Library was amassed between 1884 and 1970; the book collection concentrates on nineteenth and early twentieth century exploration, travel and geography in Africa and Asia, with significant collections on America, Europe, Oceania, the Polar regions, and of course Britain, especially north-west England.There is also a valuable atlas collection dating from 1701 to 1961. It is on permanent loan to John Rylands University Library, most items are kept in their Main Library, whilst the rare books and all the atlases are at Deansgate. The on-line catalogue can be seen at:

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The Society offers undergraduate dissertation bursaries. It also awards prizes for the two best finals performances in each Manchester geography degree course each year.

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