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New projects

We are currently looking for individuals and companies to support a range of new projects. Find out more about the new projects of the Society's appeal here.

Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance expedition centenary exhibition

As part of the centenary celebrations, the Society will use its unique collections, and in particular Frank Hurley’s iconic images of the expedition, in innovative ways to create a public exhibition unlike any that has gone before. It aims to inspire and inform new audiences with Antarctic heritage, with the photographic technology and achievements of the time in such uncompromising landscapes, and with the extraordinary story of Shackleton’s leadership.

The Society will use the latest digital technology to bring to life a selection of Hurley’s fragile and extraordinarily detailed glass plate negatives. Never before made accessible to the public, the negatives will create the centrepiece of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be shown at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London until 28 February 2016. More information 

After being shown in London the exhibition will tour selected UK cities, starting in Manchester.


Britain from the Air touring exhibition and Discovering Britain

The inspirational Britain from the Air exhibition that captured the imagination of the public and media alike in 2010 and 2011 has returned as part of the Society’s Discovering Britain project. Having been on display in Leeds in 2015, it will be on display in London between May and July 2016, and then Birmingham.

View a BBC Audio Slideshow to learn more about the exhibition.

Find out more about Discovering Britain.


£10 million endowment

The Society is fundraising to create its first ever unrestricted endowment. The fund will be drawn upon to pump prime development, in line with the Society’s strategic plan, and ensure a sustainable future.

Every year the Society raises around £4.5 million to fund core activities and operations; and extra for short term projects. This effort will continue but in addition we want to build a £10 million unrestricted fund, which would realise some £1.5 million every five years in investment return. So far the Society has raised £3.5 million towards the £10 million; chiefly from legacies and other bequests.

We welcome donations and legacies that will contribute to the fund now and in years to come. Donors will be recognised for their support.


For more information about the projects above, including the sponsorship opportunities involved, please contact the Director’s Office on +44 (0)20 7591 3004.

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