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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 display

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.


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


An African legend - Alexander Maitland

 Monday 30 January 2.30pm–4.00pm

Commemorating the centenary of the death of naturalist, hunter, writer and explorer F.C. Selous, recipient of the Society’s Gold Medal for his journeys in Southeast Africa and possible inspiration for Rider Haggard’s Alan Quatermain.

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


The Chinese Labour Corps 1917-1920 and their role in the First World War - John de Lucy

 Monday 20 February 2.30pm–4.00pm

During WWI Britain hired 100,000 men from China to fill the labour shortage. John's grandfather brought over workers, who were retained to clear the battlefields before being repatriated; none were allowed to stay in England.

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


Everest and beyond - Sandra Noel

 Monday 20 March 2.30pm–4.00pm

Captain John Noel: map-maker; soldier; artist; and Everest photographer. Sandra Noel describes, with images and documents, the many aspects of her father's life and work before and after Everest 1924.

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


Sir Clements Markham - Eugene Rae

 Monday 23 January 2.30pm–4.00pm

A look at the life of one of the Society's most dynamic Presidents, including Markham's naval career in the Arctic, time in South America and championing of Antarctic exploration in the late 19th century.

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

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