About our Collections

Find out more about the vast collection of items we hold.

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Collections special feature: the Moon

Highlights of the Society's lunar related material, from late 16th century 'lunar clock' volvelles to a lead proof strike of the Society's Special Gold Medal awarded to Commander Neil Armstrong.

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.

Visit the Foyle Reading Room

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

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.

Enduring Eye: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival on display in a remarkable exhibition created by the Society, curated by polar historian Meredith Hooper.

Wiley Digital Archive

A digitisation project enabling hundreds of thousands of items from our Collections to be digitised, allowing access to wider audiences in order to support teaching and learning.

Upcoming Collections events

Be Inspired: Between Indigenous mapping and colonial cartography - Joy Slappnig

This talk will introduce different examples of Indigenous maps in the Society’s collection and discuss the role these maps played in the production of geographical knowledge during the time of the British Empire.

On View: through a photographer’s lens

Join Alasdair MacLeod for an introduction to the Society’s photographic collection. 

Be Inspired: Fighting the evils of the Nile slave trade in Victorian times - David Baker

A story of courage, compassion and endurance. In 1869 the explorer Sir Samuel Baker FRGS was commissioned by the Khedive of Egypt, “To supress the slave trade”.

Be Inspired: Bloody ivory: artistic endeavour to endangered species - David Hogg

David demonstrates how the investigation of an ivory casket held at the V&A leads to fundamental questions
on the ivory trade and the future of African and Asian elephants.

Supporting our Collections

Our Collections are supported by Rolex.