About our Collections

Find out more about the vast collection of items the Society holds.

Search our Collections

Find what you are looking for with our online and offline services.

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 and artworks, recording over 200 years of travel, people, place and geographical discovery.

Support the Collections

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

Collaborative research on the Collections

We are part of the Science Museums and Archives Consortium, which each year award six AHRC-funded collaborative doctoral studentships.

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. 

Screening of ‘South’ with a musical performance by John Sweeney

A special free screening of the British Film Institute’s restored version of South, Frank Hurley’s silent film record of the Endurance expedition, with a piano performance by John Sweeney, a specialist in accompanying silent films.

Be Inspired: Through the lens of John Thomson

John Thomson’s connection with The Royal Geographical Society spanned fifty-five years.