About our Collections

Discover about all of our amazing artefact collections

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Visit the Foyle Reading Room

Plan a visit to the Foyle Reading Room to consult and research items in our Collections.

Picture Library

Our Picture Library is one of the world's finest collections of photography, artwork and mapping, and records over 500 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.

Prints on demand

You can buy photographic prints of any image in our Picture Library collection.

Support the Collections

Support our Collections by buying prints, donating items or becoming a member of the Society.

Upcoming Collections events

Be Inspired: Popski and Bagnold, desert and war

An exploration of some long-hidden stories, letters, maps and photographs about men, guns and sand. 

On View: Oceans of enlightenment

From Cook and Lapérouse to Fitzroy and Dumont d’Urville, a look at the great scientific voyages of the 18th and 19th centuries through the splendidly illustrated folios and elephant folios in our Collections. 

Be Inspired: Through the lens of John Thomson

John Thomson became RGS Instructor in Photography in 1886. He was a pioneer in the application of photography.

Be Inspired: Travels with Tippu

Stuart Laing traces the adventurous life of Tippu Tip, an ivory trader in late 19th century East Africa, who assisted Western explorers and also became pivotal in Arab-European confrontation during the Scramble for Africa.