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Led by our Collections team, we offer a number of opportunities to learn more about and see highlights of the Society’s unique Collections.

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Be Inspired

Lecture-related Collections displays

On View displays

Be Inspired

These talks are intended to kindle interest from members and non-members alike in using our rich resources for study or enjoyment. Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5 payable in advance.

Pre-booking required.

To book a place:

telephone +44 (0)20 7591 3044
email showcase@rgs.org


Among the Samburu - Alexander Maitland

Monday 21 September 2.30pm-4.00pm

Living with Wilfred Thesiger near Maralal, Alexander Maitland gathered Samburu initiation songs and helped Thesiger to write his autobiographical postscript, My Kenya days.


The great white silence: the influence of Herbert Ponting - Jan Faull

Monday 26 October 2.30pm-4.00pm

The images that Herbert Ponting captured as photographer and cinematographer on the Terra Nova expedition have fed imaginations. Join film historian Jan Faull as she explores the film’s influence on Frank Hurley and the Endurance expedition.

Lecture-related Collections displays

A selection of Monday night lectures feature a lecture-themed Collections display. Visit the Foyle Reading Room before or after the lecture and see a range of selected items from our Collections to complement the lecture.


Icons of Antarctic exploration display plus additional Endurance related items

Monday 23 November 5.30pm-8.30pm

Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson and more, come and view the treasures from the Society’s Antarctic material. Shackleton’s balaclava, Scott’s matchbox and Mawson’s sextant are just a few of the items, plus additional Endurance related material.

Please note that this lecture is open to members only.

On View displays

On View display events provide the perfect opportunity for students, researchers and members of the Society—and the wider public—to view a selection of original material from the Society’s two-million strong Collections, arranged by a particular theme in a browsing display format.


Icons of Antarctic exploration - Eugene Rae

Monday 23 November 2.30pm-4.00pm

Scott, Shackleton, Amundsen, Mawson and more, come and view the treasures from the Society’s Collection of Antarctic material. Shackleton’s balaclava, Scott’s matchbox and Mawson’s sextant are just a few of the items on display.


Art and photography in the heroic age of Antarctic exploration - Alasdair MacLeod

Monday 14 December 2.30pm-4.00pm

From South Polar Times illustrations to the commercial use of film and photographs from early Antarctic expeditions, this display highlights the impact and influence of images on private and public audiences alike in the early 20th century.

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