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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

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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

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.


Treasures of the Arctic

 Monday 26 September 5.30pm–8.30pm

Visit the Foyle Reading Room for a lecture-related display of artefacts, archive material, books, maps, photographs and watercolours relating to the Arctic.

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.


World War maps: beyond the trenches of the Western Front - David McNeill

 Monday 26 September 2.30pm–4.00pm

A display of contemporary maps covering not just the well-known battles but also some more obscure areas of conflict, including Togoland, Tanganyika Territory, Tsing-Tau and the Trans-Caspian Theatre.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential, refreshments provided. telephone 020 7591 3044 email showcase@rgs.org


Icons of Antarctic exploration - Eugene Rae

 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: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential, refreshments provided. telephone 020 7591 3044 email showcase@rgs.org

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