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From the Collections

Tutors and course convenors are encouraged to use the Society's Collections and accompanying resources to complement their teaching.

The resources have been designed to contribute to key themes in undergraduate geography teaching, such as geographical methods and skills (archival research methods; evaluating primary sources; biographical accounts); the structure and content of historical and geographical archives; the history and philosophy of geography, including influential geographers; and geographies of empire, colonisation, exploration and exploitation.

Tutors are encouraged to explore:

  • A set of short videos about the contents and use of the Society's Collections, with an accompanying teaching pack for tutors
  • Three learning resource packs based on particular items and collections from the archives, shared as Open Educational Resources (OER).

Learning about the Collections

The Society has created a set of short videos to: introduce the Collections to students, reflect on some highlights.

Tutors and course convenors are encouraged to download the teaching resource pack that accompanies the videos (which includes notes on content, accompanying resources, a suggested reading list, suggestions of teaching activities, and a reference list of Collections items featured in the videos).

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Welcome to the Foyle Reading Room
Alasdair Macleod, Head of Enterprise and Resources, introduces the content and formats of the Society’s Collections, and their uses to researchers and the public. 

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Highlights of the Collections: Scientific instruments
Eugene Rae, Principal Librarian, discusses the Society’s scientific instrument holdings, in particular the history and use of a Society-owned hypsometer in field work. 

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Highlights of the Collections: Picture Library
Jamie Owen, Picture Library Sales Manager, introduces the breadth and highlights of the Society’s Picture Library, from lantern slides to negatives, panoramic prints and more.

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Highlights of the Collections: Archives and manuscripts
Jan Turner, Deputy Librarian, presents an item from the Society’s archives and manuscripts, the diary of Sir Clements Markham ‘His Antarctic Book’, with an excerpt from the book read aloud.

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Highlights of the Collections: Maps, charts and atlases
David McNeill, Map Librarian, presents an overview of the Society’s collection of over 1 million maps, charts and atlases, over time and across a range of scales. 

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Contemporary uses of the Collections
Alasdair Macleod, Head of Enterprise and Resources, explains the ways in which the Society’s Collections have been applied to a variety of contemporary activities, including community and family research projects, exhibitions and research.

Find out more about the Collections:

Teaching from the Collections (OER learning resource packs)

Geographers in the Second World War archive: archive creation, processes and serendipities

Geographers in the Second World War archive: archive creation, processes and serendipities
Letters and documents from/about the Society's World War Two archives to encourage students to think critically about the nature and creation of archives.

Archival Bio-Bibliographical Matters: The Geographies of Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston. Image: Portrait of Sir Harry Johnston, © RGS-IBG Picture Library, Image reference S0015018

Archival Bio-Bibliographical Matters: The Geographies of Sir Harry Hamilton Johnston
Materials to examine the 'outputs' of prominent geographers, and how such individuals and their work are represented in the archive.

Bombay Africans: Exploring the Black Presence. Image: Agnes and Tom Livingstone, Abdullah Susi, James Chuma and Horace Waller at Newstead Abbey, 1874, R Allen & Son

Bombay Africans: Exploring the Black Presence
Online exhibitions, archival material, academic papers and multimedia to explore the black presence in the RGS-IBG archives.  It is linked to the RGS-IBG exhibition, Bombay Africans 1850-1910.

Creative Commons License CC-BY-SA-NCThe notes for tutors created from the Society's Collections and linked as part of the teaching resource packs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.  By previewing, viewing or downloading the resources you agree to follow the terms of the license.

Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-NC-NDThe scanned documents and images from the Society's Collections and linked as part of the teaching resource packs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. By previewing, viewing or downloading the resources you agree to follow the terms of the license.

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