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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

On View displays

Be Inspired

These talks are intended to kindle interest from members and non-members alike in using our rich resources for study or enjoyment. Tickets: free to RGS-IBG members and educational users, non-members £5 payable in advance.

Pre-booking required.

To book a place:

telephone +44 (0)20 7591 3044
email showcase@rgs.org

A letter floating in the breeze: recreating Mary Kingsley's travels in Africa - Jacki Hill-Murphy

Monday 20 April 2.30pm–4.00pm

Jacki talks about recreating the journeys of the first women explorers and about interesting letters in the archives that added to the account of Mary Kingsley in her book Adventuresses.

Letters from Asolo - Alexander Maitland

Monday 18 May 2.30pm–4.00pm

At Asolo, from 1979-82, Alexander Maitland worked with Freya Stark on two books. This fascinating experience, recorded in over 100 letters from Stark, gave Maitland unique insights of the great traveller.

Henry ‘Birdie’ Bowers: Captain Scott’s marvel - Anne Strathie

Monday 8 June 2.30pm–4.00pm

A chance to meet Henry Bowers, the intrepid young explorer who circled the world under sail, explored the Irrawaddy and chased gun-runners in the Persian Gulf before reaching the South Pole in 1912.

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.

The Silk Road

Monday 20 April, 5.30pm-8.30pm

A lecture-themed display of maps, artefacts, archive material and photographs from the Society's Collections relating to the Silk Road.

Please note that this lecture is open to members only.

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.

The theatre of the world - David McNeill

Monday 11 May, 2.30pm–4.00pm

Using choice examples from the superb RGS-IBG atlas collection we go on a journey through the history of this most popular and useful reference work - the geographical atlas.

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