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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

On View displays

Community group workshops 

Be Inspired

Join us for the latest series of afternoon talks given by speakers whose work is closely connected to the Society’s Collections and inspired by travel, exploration, people and places. These talks are intended to kindle interest from members and non-members alike in using our rich resources for study or enjoyment.

Camels, cars and colonial control: the British and the Bedouin - Dr Robert Fletcher

 Monday 7 November 2.30pm–4.00pm

After the First World War, British officials were sent to the remote desert frontiers of their new Middle Eastern empire. This talk explores their experiences and the wider importance of this ‘desert corridor’ of the Empire.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential. telephone +44(0)20 7591 3044 email showcase@rgs.org

In a geographical light - Dr Emily Hayes

 Monday 12 December 2.30pm–4.00pm

Emily will showcase the A million pictures LUCERNA magic lantern project and highlight the shaping of 19th and early-20th century geographical knowledge via the Society's lantern practices and lantern-slide collections.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential. telephone +44(0)20 7591 3044 email showcase@rgs.org

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.

Trinidad and Tobago exhibit

 Friday 21 October 11.00am–4.00pm

As part of its ‘Working with the Society’s Collections’ series during Black History Month, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is exhibiting a selection of highlight items from its historical Collections linked to Trinidad and Tobago. From late 18th century charts and maps to 19th century images of the islands, the Society’s wider Caribbean collection is of interest to those carrying out family history – and other research – into the people and places of the region.

The Trinidad and Tobago ‘open house’ viewing is self-guided in the Society’s Foyle Reading Room on Friday 21 October between 11.00am and 4.00pm.

Places: Free, no booking required. Group visits to the Society must be arranged in advance by contacting enquiries@rgs.org.

Icons of Antarctic exploration - Eugene Rae (Sold out)

 Monday 24 October 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.

Places: This event is now sold out

Community group workshops

Participatory workshops for diaspora community groups, drawing on the Society's experiences of the processes involved in commencing heritage projects.

Working with the Society's Collections

 Friday 21 October 10.00am–2.00pm

A workshop and networking event for individuals and diaspora community groups planning to work with historical collections as part of a heritage project. The workshop will include contributions from community group representatives who have worked with the Society, as well as an ‘open house’ display from our Collections.

Places: Free. Booking essential, refreshments and lunch provided. telephone 020 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org

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