The Thomas Hardye School

Fantastic Community Lecture by George McGavin

George McGavin


On Monday 10th December, Thomas Hardye had the second of its programme of Community Lectures. Titled 'Tales from Television', it was given by Dr George McGavin, Senior Principal Research Fellow at Imperial College. However, he is better known for his many appearances on BBC's The One Show and his series such as Lost Land of the Tiger and Lost Land of the Volcano.

The School Theatre was packed to near capacity to hear George talk about the making of his television programmes and how they could be a source of wonder and joy, but also very dangerous. We saw extracts from the programmes that showed some of the exciting moments, such as discovering many varieties of moths despite a torrential rain storm or the behaviour of Bonobos when given access to camera equipment!

In 2018 George also became President of the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

The lecture was given in aid of George's chosen charity Insectopia. This is the project of an inspirational young man called Jim Alfaro Cordoba. A collection was taken at the end of the lecture.

For anyone who would like to support the charity, all donations will be very gratefully received! And a supporter of George's has very kindly offered to match any money raised as a result of the Thomas Hardye lecture.

At the time of writing the total raised by the school is £878.06. Thank you to all those who gave so generously.

Do have a look at:

The Insectopia Insect Museum, Costa Rica where you can also contribute.

And do please watch this video that shows the work of Jim and Insectopia.

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December 2018