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About our exhibitions

Exhibition Pavilion from the RGS-IBG gardenThe 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 and also the Society's sponsors.

All exhibitions are free and the Pavilion is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 10.00am-5.00pm unless stated otherwise.

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

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 us to discuss your requirements and to obtain information packs or telephone +44 (0)20 7591 3052.

In addition, the Pavilion is available for hire as exhibition space for selected periods throughout the year.

Email us for further information or call +44 (0)20 7591 3052.

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