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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

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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.


Geography on film - Alasdair MacLeod

 Monday 22 January 2.30pm-4.00pm

From the first flight over Everest to early film of the Aboriginal people of Australia, this is an introduction to the scope and range of the Society's newly digitised collection of over 125 geographically linked films, housed at the BFI.


Ralph Bagnold – desert explorer, soldier, scientist - Stephen Bagnold

 Monday 12 February 2.30pm-4.00pm

Ralph Bagnold’s son Stephen sketches his father’s extraordinary life from three distinct perspectives and suggests how ‘the thrill of the unknown’ was a key driver in them all.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and students free. telephone 020 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org


Instruments of exploration - Dr Jane Wess

 Monday 19 February 2.00pm-4.00pm

In its first century the RGS supplied 436 expeditions with instruments in what became a signature activity denoting support. The talk investigates some of the issues involved and how they were overcome to provide new knowledge.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and students free. telephone 020 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org


On View display

On View events are held in the Foyle Reading Room and provide the perfect opportunity for students, researchers, members of the Society and the wider public to view a selection of original material from the Society’s Collections. Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and educational users free. Booking essential, refreshments provided. telephone +44(0)20 7591 3044 email showcase@rgs.org


Then and now

‘Then and Now’ celebrates the links between the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s historic Collections and contemporary photography, and is the Society’s specially curated contribution to the HLF ‘Thank-you’ campaign this December.


World War II on silk

 Monday 22 January 5.30pm- 6.30pm; 7.30pm- 8.30pm (available to view pre- and post-lecture)
 Collections evening

During WWII MI9’s mapping programme produced escape and evasion maps on silk and rayon. On display we have examples from the Map Collection of the RGS-IBG.

Places: Free, open to lecture attendees only.


Natural disaster in RGS-IBG Collections - Eugene Rae

 Monday 5 March 2.00pm-4.00pm

Volcanoes, earthquakes, floods and famine – a look at natural disaster as represented through artefacts, books, maps and pictures in the Collections of RGS-IBG.

Places: £5, RGS-IBG members and students free. telephone 020 7591 3100 email events@rgs.org

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