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 Memories and Updates

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You will have many memories from your time at Durham, as well as updates on what you have done since leaving the Department. We want to hear about them!

Send us stories of field trips, lectures, seminars, social events, or anything that makes you remember your experience of studing for your geography degree.
Your story can be serious or funny, long or short. It might just be a piece of advice or a quote from a tutor or professor, or it might be that time you forgot your raincoat on a particularly wet field trip.

Or, let us know what you've been up to, and where your career has taken you after leaving Durham.

You can send your stories to us by recording a short video, or by simply writing the story down and emailing it to us. We would also love to see your old photographs from field trips, social events, or that opportune moment you had your camera at the ready!

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Your Stories

Some of the photos and memories of the department sent to us by alumni and stories of where their careers took them after they graduated. 

Memories of David Alexander 1964-69

Looking back at his time in the department
David Alexander Alumni Copy of the Library and Map Room Publicity and Staff List 1968-69

Memories of Robin Morgan 1961-65

Fieldtrip to Ballycastle, Ulster, 1963
Field trip to Ballycastle 1963 image courtesy of Robin Morgan

Memories of Philip Thornborow

Field trip to Castelnuovo, March 1974
Field trip to Castelnuovo March 1974 Photo courtesy of Philip Thornborow.

Thomas Chadwick 1984-1987

The impact of The Geography of Climate Change on a career in energy
Appleby Lecture Theatre with Mike Crang delivering a lecture in the 1990s

Simon Ratsey 1965-68

Memories and reflections on his career after graduating.
Geography Department Building External

David Hollington

Sharing what he has done since graduating in 1970.
Michael Drury giving instructions in 1970 to students leaving for a field trip in Greece. Image from Linda Drury

Ron Hesketh CB 1965-1968

Looking back over his career since graduating
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Julie Hope (Bennett)1976-1977

MA Human Geography of the Middle East and Mediterranean
ulie Hope MA Course 1977. From left to right are Nick Beer, Liz Evans, Bob Jackson and Julie Bennett

Ruth Hill (Gardener) 1973-75

Memories of the geography department
Ruth Hill Sicily Fieldtrip 1973 cropped

Geoff Coles 1967-70

Memories of the geography department
Geography Cartographic Laboratory
University student
To be in the field and doing proper research with all your friends was just the most amazing experience.

Helena Nathan-King
Geography 2014 (BSc)