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Royal Geographical Society (with IBG): the heart of geography
Past exhibitions
About our exhibitions
Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley
Boissonnas in Egypt
Britain from the Air
Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley (U.S. Exhibition)
Shackleton's Endurance: discovering our shared Antarctic heritage
Travels with the Director - Rita Gardner

About our exhibitions

The Pavilion is a dedicated exhibition space, opened in 2004 at the Society on Exhibition Road. It was part of a development project entitled Unlocking the Archives during which the Society's building was extended and resources opened up to the public.

The inaugural display charted the development of geography using the Society's Collections. Since then, the Society has produced displays that reveal varied perspectives on a range of topics.

From community groups addressing the Collections to artists responding to maps, from academics presenting new research into unknown exploration narratives to the Society revealing its rich history linked to explorations, these are just some of the approaches and subjects developed to engage visitors of all ages and interests in the subject geography in both contemporary and historical contexts.

The Pavilion has a constantly changing programme of displays that include exhibitions created by external organisations, broadly linked to geographical themes and also by selected sponsors of the Society.

All Society curated exhibitions are free and the Pavilion is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm unless stated otherwise. External hire opening hours may vary, please check the exhibition section of our website for more information on each exhibition.

Selected exhibitions are accompanied by online education resources for the geography, history and citizenship curricula.

Hiring the Pavilion

To discuss hosting an exhibition at the Pavilion and for more details on commercial hire opportunities linked to exhibitions please contact:

Alasdair MacLeod
Head of Enterprise and Resources
+44 (0) 207591 3015

Hire our exhibitions

The Society's exhibitions represent the cream of our historical collections of maps, photographs, books and documents.

They illustrate the interaction between peoples, cultures, places and environments across the globe.

Exhibitions based on the collections cover historical and modern themes from a variety of perspectives.

Education resources for schools and for informal education are also available for selected exhibitions.

Exhibitions available for hire

Download full details of all exhibitions available for hire (PDF).

Exhibitions vary in cost and size, and can be adapted to fit smaller venues.

Email Jamie Owen, Picture Library Sales Manager, j.owen@rgs.org to discuss your requirements and to obtain information packs or telephone +44 (0)207 591 3064

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