Imperial Geographical Society

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The Imperial Geographical Society (IGS) is an Austenasian organisation which is administered by the Environmental Agency. Its founding mission statement is "to explore and research the natural world to further understand it and to share its wonders with Austenasia and the rest of the world."

History

The Imperial Geographical Society was founded on 28 February 2009 by Act 63 of the Parliament of Austenasia, immediately after Act 62 founded the Environmental Office (then known as the Ministry of the Environment). Just over two months later, the IGS launched an expedition to explore some British countryside south of the British town of Bletchingley, the coincidement of which with a church-organised ramble greatly boosted the number of participants. The IGS has conducted sixteen more expeditions since its first.

On 23 April 2010, the IGS founded a collection of specimens such as seashells and interesting stones, which is based in Wrythe, and in late 2012 organised and undertook an archaeological dig in Wrythe Public Park.

Members

Expeditions

Date Location Participants Notes Records
4 May 2009 South of Bletchingley 27 A footpath was named Nettle Path by Sir Joseph and a junction was named Mud Junction by HIH Crown Prince Jonathan. A stream near to the M23 was noted to be running nearly dry. A large mound of ash by a mobile telephone mast near Henhaw Farm was named Hill of Ash by Lord William and claimed by him for the Empire while the Expedition ate lunch in a nearby clearing. Crown Prince Jonathan and Lord William climbed to the top of a hill near a duck pond, which Lord William named Lavender Hill. In some nearby woods, two separate ruined cars, both upside down, rusting and overgrown with plants were noticed, as well as signs of badgers. Official report
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31 August 2009 Silent Pool 4 The Expedition viewed the Silent Pool and the adjacent Sherbourne Pond. A large amount of algae was noticed growing on the surface of the water of Sherbourne Pond due to the recent hot weather. It had been intended to take a sample of the spring water, but no members of the Expedition had a suitable container with them. Official report
Video
3 May 2010 Sheepleas 26 The Expedition explored woods and countryside in the Sheepleas area, and visited the nearby Anglo-Saxon St. Mary's Church. Video
2 May 2011 Banstead Heath and Colley Hill 23 The Expedition explored the woods and fields of Banstead Heath, coming across numerous white pillars which nobody could identify (later discovered to have been coal tax posts). The Expedition then crossed the M25 and climbed Colley Hill. Video
15 February 2012 British Museum 2 The Expedition took the Northern line on the London Underground to journey to the British Museum. Once there, the Expedition explored the museum, viewing and photographing various artifacts and exhibits. Slideshow
7 May 2012 Ranmore Common 12 As has become traditional, this Expedition coincided with a May Day Bank Holiday church ramble. Fields and farmland around Ranmore Common in Surrey were explored. Video
1 January 2013 Wimbledon Common 12 The Expedition explored Wimbledon Common, giving names to various landmarks found on the way. Report and photographs
1 April 2013 Wimbledon Common 4 The Expedition explored Wimbledon Common, following part of the route of the previous expedition and noting what had changed in three months. Video
6 May 2013 Headley Heath 11 The Expedition traversed heathland, fields, farms and woods near the British village of Headley, climbing some very steep hills along the way. Video
29 August 2013 Beddington Tunnels 2 The Expedition searched for entrances in the surrounding areas to a network of tunnels known to be under the British town of Beddington in an attempt to confirm legends that the tunnels stretch much further than officially documented. No evidence of the tunnels reaching beyond Beddington was found, but the Expedition did find two of the entrances (now bricked up) in Beddington, and two more possible entrances. Video
5 May 2014 Woldingham 10 The Expedition explored woods and farmland to the south-west of the village of Woldingham, walking through bluebell woods and visiting St. Agatha's Church. Video
4 May 2015 South of Friday Street 7 The Expedition explored woods to the south of Friday Street, stopping for lunch in the small village of Holmbury Saint Mary. Video
2 May 2016 South of Bletchingley 8 The Expedition followed the same route as that taken by the first IGS expedition in 2009, noting the changes which had taken place in the seven years which had passed. A plan to stop for lunch again at Hill of Ash had to be abandoned due to the landowners having fenced off the clearing, and so a short detour was made to have lunch in the nearby Bransland Woods instead. Video
15 June 2016 Chester to Sealand 2 The Expedition walked the two and a half miles from Chester across the Welsh border to the town of Sealand, built on reclaimed marshland and sharing its name with a famous micronation. Article
2 January 2017 Wimbledon Common 8 The Expedition explored Wimbledon Common, visiting the Queensmere and Kingsmere ponds. Article
1 May 2017 Warlingham 15 The Expedition explored woods, farmland and suburbs in and to the north of the town of Warlingham. Video
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9 September 2017 Cheam and Nonsuch Parks 3 The Expedition explored two parks straddling the border between the London Borough of Sutton and the county of Surrey, discovering dried watercourses, some basic wooden shelters constructed in woodland, and some wild parakeets, as well as observing views of various London landmarks from high ground. Article

Discoveries

The IGS has enountered several features which it has named. While it does not claim to have actually "discovered" them, the following is a list of said features which have been named by Austenasians or Austenasian knights upon being encountered by the IGS:

Name Original name Discoverer Notes Picture
Nettle Path Unknown, part of Greensand Way Sir Joseph Francis, KOR, MAO A path traversed during the South of Bletchingley 4/5/09 IGS Expedition. Very narrow due to large amounts of nettles on either side, it was named after this attribute by Sir Joseph. NettlePath.jpg
Mud Junction Unknown, part of Greensand Way HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A junction formed to the south of Nettle Path by a smaller path joining the footpath to the west. Traversed during the South of Bletchingley 4/5/09 IGS Expedition and named after the muddy conditions. MudJunction.jpg
Hill of Ash Unknown, near Bransland Wood Lord William K., Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC A large pile of ash and debris found by a mobile telephone mast near Henhaw Farm during the South of Bletchingley 4/5/09 IGS Expedition. Lord William claimed the area for Austenasia, and the expedition stopped by the Hill of Ash to eat their packed lunches. As they left the area, Crown Prince Jonathan relinquished the Austenasian claim. HillOfAsh.jpg
Lavender Hill Unknown, possibly Poundhill (to the west of South Park Lane) Lord William K., Duke of Royton, KOR, KCA, DSC A hill roughly a mile to the north-east of the Hill of Ash, climbed by HIH Crown Prince Jonathan, HIH Princess Caroline, Lord William, Sir Joseph and Dame Abbie during the South of Bletchingley 4/5/09 IGS Expedition. LavenderHill.jpg
Evergreen Avenue Unknown HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A pathway in a wooded area between Weston and Mountain Woods lined with evergreen trees, walked down during the Sheepleas 3/5/10 IGS Expedition. EvergreenAvenue.jpg
Mount Nectombetec Foel y Mwnt HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A prominent steep conical headland rising above the beach of Mwnt, Ceredigion. Successfully scaled by HIH Crown Prince Jonathan on 8 August 2011 during an informal survey of the beach by the IGS, and named after the pre-dynastic regnal name of Declan I, II & V. MountNectombetec.jpg
Pertinax Path Part of Bluegate Ride HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A footpath named after the Roman Emperor Pertinax on the 1820th anniversary of his accession during the Wimbledon Common 1/1/13 IGS Expedition. Pertinax Path.jpg
Bette Bridge Unknown HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A bridge named in memory of the former Emperor Mother Bette (1926 - 2012) during the Wimbledon Common 1/1/13 IGS Expedition. Bette Bridge.jpg
Daniel Ditch Unknown HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A ditch named after the former First Midget Master on the occasion of his eighteenth birthday during the Wimbledon Common 1/1/13 IGS Expedition. Daniel Ditch.jpg
Eritoshi Junction Intersection between Inner Windmill Road and Somerset Ride HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A junction of two footpaths named after the Countess of Memphis during the Wimbledon Common 1/1/13 IGS Expedition. Eritoshi Junction.jpg
Romanos IV Diogenes Stream Unknown HIH Crown Prince Jonathan A small stream named after the Eastern Roman Emperor Romanos IV Diogenes on the 945th anniversary of his accession during the Wimbledon Common 1/1/13 IGS Expedition. Romanos IV Diogenes Stream.jpg
Paloma Path Unknown HIM Emperor Jonathan I The footpath between Beechwood Riding School and Woldingham School, named in memory of "Rose" Bramarley Paloma of Carothan during the Woldingham 5/5/14 IGS Expedition. PalomaPath.jpg
Hyerdunscar Hill Unknown HIM Emperor Jonathan I The hill overlooking Whyteleafe Recreation Ground, named after the recently-deceased "Edd" Hyerdunscar's Notorious Edd of Carothan during the Warlingham 1/5/17 IGS Expedition. HyerdunscarHill.jpg