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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.


Revisiting the freeing of the slaves in East Africa - Patrick Vernon OBE

 Monday 10 April 2.30pm–4.00pm

Based on his field research conducted between 2005 and 2010, Patrick Vernon asserts that a world history perspective is required to understand the complexity of looking at researching family history from an African context.

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


Arctic exploration in print, or armchair travels of a map curator - Dr Philip Hatfield

 Monday 22 May 2.30pm–4.00pm

Explore the Arctic trade routes, the Northwest Passage and other supposed routes which have captured the imagination of Scottish, English and other European sailors since at least the 16th century.

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


Geography in print: the Society’s journal 1830–1900 - Ben Newman

 Monday 12 June 2.30pm–4.00pm

Using the Society’s extensive manuscript collection, Ben will illustrate how the Society's vision for a textual record of geography was both complex to produce and difficult to circulate throughout the 19th century.

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


Alaska and the Pacific Northwest - Alasdair MacLeod

 Monday 19 June 2.30pm–4.00pm

From the Alaska Purchase of 1867 to the Klondike Gold Rush, this interpreted display sheds light on 19th century trade and exploration in the region, as seen through 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

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